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How Turning Off Social Media Notifications Has Helped My Mental Health

26/06/2018

Until recently I’d never even considered getting rid of my social media notifications.

I’m not one of those people who tweets something and within minutes gets hundreds of likes, comments and retweets; in all honesty I’m lucky to get into double digits most days.

That was until this week when I ended up with two very popular tweets, one right after the other! 

The first one was talking about hitting 10k views on my blog this year. This was my goal for the whole freaking year and the fact that I’ve hit it in 6 months is astonishing! 

That in itself is something I was over the moon about, but then something else happened that still hasn’t quite sunk in yet; I’m going to be graduating university with a First Class Honours Degree!! 

After all of the stress, anxiety and even having to take a blogging break for nearly two months, it was all going to be worth it and I’d got the grade I’d been hoping for! 

Due to a very bad patch with my mental health, I thought I’d have no chance of getting a First, so I wanted to put these achievements onto social media to celebrate. I was genuinely expecting to just get a handful of likes and comments from my close friends like I usually do. 

Boy was I wrong…

Bridlington Seaside | Beach + Sea

Both of those tweets combined ended up receiving over 1,000 likes and comments! 

My phone was down to 10% battery after the first hour (got to love an iPhones non existent battery life) and I couldn’t get any work done at all. It was actually really overwhelming so I decided to turn off the sound and banner notifications until it all calmed down a bit; both for my battery and sanity’s sake! 

Even though I’d originally only planned doing it for a few hours, I quickly realised that I actually liked having them switched off. I wasn’t putting pressure on myself to stop what I was doing and check my notifications the second they popped up; it was really peaceful and I was surprised to realise that it helped my productivity and motivation too. 

So I decided that not only was I going to keep them off, I was going to also turn notifications off for Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook too. 

While its only been a week, I’m already noticing a difference in my mental health; the anxiety, guilt and fear of missing out that I’ve been struggling with so much has almost disappeared! 

Rock Pile On Bridlington Beach | Beach + Seaside

Social media is something I’ve always struggled with, I’m an introverted and very private person by nature. I don’t have an “interesting” life so to speak, I like routine and being at home; two things that don’t generally make for interesting tweets.

The problem is I get anxious that I’m not tweeting enough and that I’ll never make it as a blogger because I don’t use social media like everyone else does. Then at the same time I also get anxious that what I write wont come across how I want it to or will inadvertently offend someone. 

Or just be down right boring. 

I still have the little notification bubble active, which helps me keep on top of things and reminds me to check the app whenever I unlock my phone. But since they aren’t popping up, it means I can check them when I want and when it’s a good time for me, rather than hearing a ping and instantly reaching for my phone. 

I plan on keeping my notifications turned off for the foreseeable future, I find that its almost like a constant form of self care; that I’m giving myself permission to focus on what I need to do and not be at the beck and call of social media. 

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How Turning Off Social Media Notifications Has Helped My Mental Health

16 responses to “How Turning Off Social Media Notifications Has Helped My Mental Health”

  1. ruthinrevolt says:

    I didn’t have Instagram notifications on to begin with, but I’ve had to turn Twitter notifications off as well. It is amazing the difference it makes! x

  2. Jade Marie says:

    It really is! I wish I’d done it a long time ago, I never realised how badly it was effecting my day to day life!x

  3. I permanently have my phone on silent so I can look at my phone in my own time, rather than rushing to it every time it makes a noise. I have pop up notifications set for messages, but otherwise I have to actively open apps to see if there’s any activity!! xx

  4. Nikki O. says:

    Taking those much needed breaks from social media is like letting out a huge breathe. That pressure social media brings an individual can be alot sometimes. Thanks for sharing how you are handling it, this post so important!

    Nikki O
    HerDaringThoughts

  5. Melina Elisa says:

    I actually really like this! I have my phone on do not disturb, so I literally only check my phone when I want to, but I might do this instead! That way I get notifications for texts and stuff, but at the same time don’t see it from all the social media! I get so many instagram notifications, it gets crazy sometimes! Great post Jade xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

  6. Bexa says:

    I’m so fascinated by the link between social media and mental health, this was so interesting to read Jade! I don’t have notifications switched on either and I also have a wallet phone so I can ignore the phone completely when I’m trying to focus on something else. Twitter can be especially distracting! Congratulations on your 1st! That’s awesome, well done lovely! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  7. Jade Marie says:

    Oh thats good then! I could never have it on full silent but I enjoy not having unnecessary notifications popping up 🙂 xx

  8. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Melina! 🙂 I originally debated using do not disturb but I was too worried about missing calls and texts, especially as my mum is epileptic- I’d be scared she’d have a fit and I wouldn’t get the call/text telling me xx

  9. Jade Marie says:

    I honestly think there’s both good and bad with social media; its so easy to be overwhelmed and compare yourself against other people, but at the same time its such a supportive and positive place!
    Ah thats a really good idea actually, I wouldn’t have thought of using one of those! 🙂
    And thank you so much lovely! 💕 xx

  10. Melina Elisa says:

    You can actually put contacts in your favorites section, and it overrides the do not disturb!

  11. Jade Marie says:

    Ah I didn’t know that, thank you!

  12. bluebellstrees says:

    If I was popular I think I’d do this but right now the one or two notifications I get make me happy so I like hearing the noise go off haha! Even then it’s mostly “others liked…” or “you might have missed this…” notifications. Maybe one day! Another great post Jade!

  13. Sarah says:

    I love this idea! I think I’ll do it myself. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. rachaelstray says:

    I have my phone on do not disturb when I’m at work and also from 9pm onwards at home for pretty much the same reason. It does help and it means you’re also less distracted too. Congratulations on your achievements though!!

  15. Would have to agree since I started turning off the notifications I am able to relax more.

  16. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! And thats a great idea, it’s so easy to get distracted by our phones these days!

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Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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