I am at my favorite yogurt store, there is nothing interesting about a yogurt except it’s delicious.
Even before I take the first bite of my mango yogurt. I take out my phone, open Instagram, take a picture and post a story with a silly caption.
This became a pattern to show my friends on Instagram that “Hey, look my life is cool”.
Instead of focusing on the present moment, I would spend my time scrolling on the app.
If I have a single free second, I would instantly check Instagram to see the no. of likes, latest comment or follow my friends story.
I was constantly going through the fear of missing out (FOMO).
I would check people’s account and compare our life. Such a stupid thing to do. Basically, ignoring my Nani’s advice“Everyone’s is unique in their own way, don’t compare, be a better version of our self”.
I realized that this was turning into an unhealthy habit.
One day, out of frustration, I decided to deactivate my account. Best decision ever!
Initially, I struggled a lot. There were a lot of weak moments where I wanted to download the app and see what’s going on. There was a constant craving. I kept myself motivated.
After few weeks, I didn’t care at all. Honestly, I didn’t miss any information nor got the urge to download the app.
The best part of the digital detox is the amount of free time you get. Suddenly, I had an extra hour of my life.
Now, I use this time to pursue my lost habits such as reading books, walking, running, or sleep.
Also, it reduced stress and removed peer pressure. Ultimately, it provided a lot of peace of mind and happiness.
P.S: As of June 2019, It has been two months since I decided to deactivate my Instagram account. Hopefully, I will continue on the digital detox advocacy.