I recently went through a period of being completely fed up with Instagram. There was the usual: the algorithm makes it hard to grow, many posts are uninspiring and I wasn’t seeing any of my favourite accounts.
Then there was the mindless scrolling that ate up hours of my time. When I would look at the number of hours a day I would spend on the app, I would sink into a shame spiral. Some days, I would average three hours a day. How was that humanly possible? I took some comfort in the fact that I wasn’t as bad as my fellow blogger friend spent SIX HOURS a day on this app. *shudder*
I also didn’t have the latest and greatest designer gear that I would see some of my
Of note, here are some of
- I read a damn book. It was fantastic to get lost in the pages of a great novel!
- I watched a movie start to finish in less
thanfive hours. No scrolling through countless Instagram accounts – most of which have started looking the same.
- I went to bed at a decent hour. This was especially FANTASTIC. For the
firsttime in a long time, I woke up feeling “rested”…a feeling that had become completely foreign to me.
- I picked up the phone and talked to members of my family. We laughed and reminisced…and I was left feeling so full of love. I want that more.
Now, I’m a big girl and I don’t want to complain. I’m blessed. My life is great and I want for nothing. And I’m a positive person! I’m happy for people when they do well, and they have every right to go ahead and post what makes them happy. Hell, if I were frolicking in the ocean in The Maldives, showing off my kale smoothie-fueled body, you better believe you’d see it on Instagram.
I guess I was just taken aback by how great I felt when I gave The “Gram a rest. It’s a known fact that this app negatively affects sleep, body image and greatly increases FOMO. Maybe it’s the fact that you are mindlessly scrolling without much interaction or the inability to really control what you see.
For me, it’s the “relentless positivity”: the overly curated shots, the constant barrage of upbeat, beautiful images that can make you feel like every. single. person. out there is perfect…except you. I am guilty of this myself. I posted a picture of myself in a bikini slipping into a pool. It was the best shape I had been in ever. No mention of the years of working out it took me to achieve that physique or the borderline unhealthy eating habits I had adopted during that time. Enough.
Sick of feeling worse after scrolling through Instagram, I decided to research some tips to help me get back in touch with things that made me happy. If this little phone app is making you feel crappy, try these out. They just may help.
Instagram Detox Tips
Check In On IG Only At Certain Times
Instagram stresses you out
Set A Timer For Your Instagram Usage
When I open up the app now, I set a timer for how long I will scroll through my feed. I’m ashamed to admit how many times I have been late for things thanks to my endless scrolling. Enough was enough.
I now set a timer for 10-15 minutes, and usually visit only my
Unfollow/Mute Accounts That Make You Feel Bad
Why punish yourself by viewing an account that makes you feel bad? UNFOLLOW or mute immediately. Save your mental health! It’s so easy. You can’t spend your life agonizing because @SoAndSo is driving a Bentley to her 20,000 sq. ft. mansion in Palm Springs, where she will inevitably put away her Birkin in her Birkin closet and then settle into an amethyst bathtub full of warm virgin tears. STOP IT.
Feel bad about unfollowing completely? Use Instagram’s handy Mute button allowing you to stop seeing that account’s posts in your feed.
Be Mindful Of Your Scrolling
Be much more conscious when you use this app. When you are more mindful, you will be able to view your friend’s post of her lovely vacation without comparing yourself to her.
Mindfulness allows you to “know” more about the post. For instance, your friend may have saved for two years to fly off to Italy, or better appreciate the fact that maybe she has never, ever
Also, try not to use the app when you are bored. It won’t energize you or make you feel better.
Follow People Who Truly Inspire You
After all, seeing reality stars hawk questionable weight loss candy ain’t gonna make you feel like changing the world for the better. Use the app to spread positivity too. Showcase your true highlights and strengths along with some of your lows.
Be A Boss And Quit Cold Turkey
Sometimes you just need to throw in the towel and quit. That’s ok! Think of all of the great stuff you can accomplish without your phone glued to your hand. Most people that I spoke to who have gone the cold turkey route don’t even miss it and end up doing some really great things
like walking on a sidewalk without crashing into a fellow pedestrian like rediscovering
Take An IG Fast
If quitting altogether is too harsh, consider an “IG fast”. Choose a specific amount of time to give Instagram a rest and stick to it. My sister recently did this. She deleted the app from her phone for two weeks and completed an online course, savoured her trip out west and felt immensely better for it.
She also mentioned that when she returned to Instagram, she was much more mindful of the content she took in and only followed accounts she truly loved.
Lately, I’m trying to be more mindful of what I share. I’m a part-time blogger so you will see me promoting products and services I love. From here on in though, I want to be more
A huge win for me is realizing that someone else’s purpose is theirs, not yours. There is no sense feeling bad about something you didn’t even know you should feel bad about. I once inexplicably felt bad because an influencer had picked up and moved to the Caribbean to follow her dream of opening a
I hope this post helps you if you are struggling a bit thanks to this app. If you have any other tips that work for you, please share in the comments. We all would love to read them!
*Photography courtesy of Salt & Streets Photography