4 Compelling Reasons To Unplug, Get Off The Grid & Do A Social Media Detox This Weekend

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For most of us in our day to day lives, we are consumed by various electronic devices filled with fun social media apps, like Instagram and Snapchat. They grab our attention and draw it away from ourselves.

Social media can suck you in, which is why doing a social media detox from time to time is important.

Have you ever noticed how your social media notifications show up in red? It’s a tool to attract your attention and to give your brain a push of dopamine, which actually makes you crave wanting to open your feed to see what it is.

Over time, this may even become addictive and lead to a social media addiction.

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And then when you scroll in your feed, you'll probably see nasty news that can bring you down. Or you'll see how great everyone else’s life is because all you see is their accomplishments and their vacation pics. If you’re feeling your own life is not up to snuff, seeing everyone else’s flawless victories in your feed can make you feel defeated.

But here’s the thing: All of what we see in our social media feed doesn’t tell us the whole story or portray what is real and accurate. So taking some time away from it to do a social media detox and getting out to enjoy the outdoors gives your mind the chance to focus on something else — something that is real.

Here are four good reasons to unplug, get off the grid, and do a social media detox this weekend:

1. It’s good for your health.

Truly getting off the grid requires you to get moving. You can drive to a trailhead, but then your feet or perhaps a mountain bike necessitates you being in good physical condition.

Preparing for your excursion can provide a good incentive to get in shape. 

2. It’s good for your mental well-being.

Unlike everyday social media, being out in nature appeals to all of our senses.

The beautiful landscapes appeal to our sight, the smell of the forest and wildflowers appeal to our sense of smell. The sounds of birds singing, the wind through the trees and the sound of running water appeal to our hearing. The taste of fresh mountain spring water appeals to our taste (just be sure to use a quality filter).

As for the sense of touch, you can hug a tree, and when you climb a mountain, you’re sure to feel it.

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3. It allows you to spend quality time alone.

Whether you’re planning for a deep wilderness excursion or just want to get in a nice walk or run. Set out for a peaceful destination such as a park, a flower garden, a hillside with a view, or perhaps a shoreline if you happen to be near one.

When you reach your destination take some time to pray or meditate. Even taking time to try and empty your mind of any thought can be cleansing.

Just be sure to take in the serene view as you try to quiet your mind. Being in nature lets you focus on something outside of yourself — beyond your worries, stressors and the influence of social media.

4. It can improve your relationship.

Getting off the grid gives you an opportunity for quality time together, too. You can spend time with your partner planning your adventure and, in the process, you may learn something new about each other.

Being out together away from technology gives you the chance to talk together without distractions and connect on a deeper level. Plus, gazing at the stars or relaxing by the lake can be very romantic.

Ready to take action?

In order to make your off-the-grid experience a reality, you have to plan for it. Make your plans specific and concrete. Don’t just say “It would be nice to get away,” and, "Someday I’d like to do something like that.”

Set a date, time and destination for yourself (or you and your partner) to unplug and spend some time in nature, away from social media. Book travel arrangements if your getaway requires it. Put your planned outing in your calendar app.

So much of what we see in social media is filled with judgment. The beauty of nature is it doesn’t judge you and it doesn’t discriminate against anyone. It provides the same breathtaking landscapes and vistas to anyone who is willing to do the work to get to them.

It’s an open invitation. And in my experience, it never disappoints.

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” — John Muir

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Craig Nielson is a trained counselor and certified professional coach, speaker and bestselling author, who specializes in helping women transform their lives, become fully empowered and more self-confident. To start working through your toxic past relationships, visit Craig's website,, and schedule a free consultation.

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