Life without social media so far has been, mainly strange. It has become part of our lives so much that it’s become almost ingrained within us, some are born on social media and it’s something a lot of us cannot seem to live without.
It’s been quite a readjustment in trying to figure out all of the things I can do now with the number of hours I have regained by no longer being glued to my phone for a huge portion of my day.
Two months later and here I am feeling happier than I have felt in a very long time. I never wanted to admit that social media was in fact making me miserable in my real life. I constantly compared myself to others and for a time there I had no idea who I was anymore.
Too busy wishing what others had became a huge problem and it needed to be addressed. So, I quit social media. Deleted all the apps off my phone, besides one Messenger for those who like to keep in touch with me on there and I have surprised myself. I didn’t think I would be able to do it. But it gets easier and easier each day.
So when you find yourself not knowing what to do, below are a few ways to combat those moments of feeling a little lost, perhaps even so boredom and any feelings of FOMO (fear of missing out).
12 Ways to Combat Boredom
1. (Re)Focus on your on that passionate hobby or create a new one.
2. Take online classes. These days there is now a tonne of online classes/courses available and you can practically learn anything and everything your mood feels like!
3. Reorganise your entire house. Sounds overwhelming? Break it up into doing one room at a time.
4. If you’re not already, get active. Incorporating body movement/workout daily, well, pretty self-explanatory of all the amazing health benefits it provides.
5. Start a gratitude journal. Being thankful for what you have each day is a great way to feel connected to the present moment.
6. Meditate. Meditation has been scientifically proven to have so many health benefits.
7. Start a journal. Any journal. It can be an art journal, a photo journal, a one-line a day journal. Any journal to reach for instead of reaching for your phone.
8. Redecorate either the entire house or a space to create a sanctuary for yourself/your loved ones.
9. Visit new places locally and if it’s safe to do so (and you can afford it) overseas. Travelling has a way of really opening up your mind and can create a new sense of appreciation for the world.
10. Read. Yes, read (if you like books of course). You’d be surprised how simply reading a book these days has become challenging because our attention span has suffered greatly all thanks to social media.
11. Start a blog (or in my case re-start). You don’t have to write thousands of words, if you wanted you can have a blog with just photos and have a one-line caption.
12. If you haven’t already, start your own business/personal brand/side hustle. You’ll be amazed how much time it can take up in between those hours of not being on social media. I will list ideas in a blog post if you are a little stuck for ideas.