1. Rosa Benusa says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m also looking to limit my social media / Phone time and it’s been quite challenging. ideally, I’d like to just hide my phone for a couple hours a night but there’s a couple things that keep me from doing that: 1) I am my mom’s #1 support person and I don’t want to miss a call from her if there’s ever an emergency. 2) I also have a newborn and want to have my phone handy to take pictures OF special moments 🙂 Would be great to hear if others have tips with this.

    • Jess says:

      I am loving all the changes tou have made and seT very similar boundaries, particularly on my business ACCOUNT where I was feeling most drained. I actually took about 3 months off—which was hard aftEr spending so mUch time BUILDING up my engagemeNt. But, it also helped me realize that I am not here to serve an algorithm anD that was part of the stress with social. Daily timers and also app shut off times (all my apps auto shut off from 8 pm to 7 am). Following accounts that align with your pErsonal values is also a big one! Thanks foR all you’re doing!

    • Luci says:

      Hi Rosa! I hear you, I’ve been feeling similarly. I like to have my phone close by to take pictures, but end up just scrolling Social media mindlessly or checking e-mails when I’m trying to just be present with the kids. One thing that helps is to just put the phone on the kitchen counter or somewhere where I can hear it if it rings, but otherwise I won’t be tempted to grab it. you can also go into your settings–> screen time, and make it so that your mom’s calls (and any other VIPs) would ring even if you put your phone on “Do Not Disturb.” Then, you’re not bothered by any other notifications, but can rest easy knowing your mom can always reach you!

  2. Julie says:

    i love everything you’re doing. I Wfh AND MY HUSBAND GOES IN TO WORK EVERYDAY, WHICH GETS PRETTY LONELY. I’VE STARTED TO DELETE THE INSTAGRAM APP OFF MY PHONE, AND THEN ONLY REDOWNLAOD AND REOPEN IT WHILE I’M EATING MY LUNCH. IT THEN FEELS LIKE A “tREAT” DURING MY LUNCH BREAK, AND FEELS LIKE I’M EATING LUNCH WITH OTHER PEOPLE, THOUGH VIRTUAL. WISH I HAD THE SELF CONTROL TO NOT NEED TO DELETE THE APP, BUT I’M WORKING UP TO THAT

  3. Kelly says:

    First, thank you for the tips!! SuPer helpful. This paSt year liKe everyone else, i was hOme with more time To surf Social media. It was easY to get caught up in bUying stuff. So i Gave myself a budget for 2021. Along with rules on needs vs wantS. Its only february and i’m already much happier. Social media has made it too easy to collect and purchase “stUff”. Lots and lots of unnecessary stuff. Yoy have a great attitude and platform here. Cheers to you!!

  4. Jess says:

    I have been social media-freE for about 8 months now and i cannoT believe how Much simpler my life is without it! There may be a day when i need to return for my art business, but for now i am loving my social media free life. It helPs me seek god more and trulY re-teAches you hoW to think for yourself! ThanKs so much for these tiPs, i will take them into account if i ever need to get bacK on for business reasons!
    -Jess

  5. Kelly Masters says:

    THANK YOU LYNZY! love your platform and your honesty. taking a few giant steps back from social media and culling my follow list before the holidays was exactly what my heart, mind and soul needed. many thanks for your encouragement and I adore the newsletter format!! have a fantastic day!

  6. Laura says:

    Lynzy, you rOck! Can we be friends IRl???? I loveD this article! We lived in new zealand for three months and There was not unlimited access to the internet. I was rarely on my phone…once a day to check in with my family Or to download the map to our next adventUre! It was magical. Now, i find that when i pUt down my phone i am so much more Present for my family and My stress plummeTs. One of my goals for myself is whenever i am with my kids, my phone is down (except to snap some cute pics! But Even then, id rather Take a mental photo). Sometimes at the end Of the day, instead of being on my phone all day, ill take a moment to write down memories from the day and email them to The email addresses i made when they were born! I can aLWays go back and read them. Thanks Lynzy!!!

  7. Kristin says:

    hi lynzy!
    Thank you so much for this post. just went to my phone and did the downtime thing. i’m hoping this will help me commit to this better, i really want to get off my phone at night when i’m home with my family. so unnecessary and i want to be more present! so thank you

  8. GreTa says:

    Thank you for this! I left facebook 4 yesrs ago and thought it would be temporary but i am so much Happier WIthout it. I have been careful about what i Follow On IG but i really DoNt want my kids rememberinG me always on my phone. The part about picking up your phone IN times of stillness resonateD wiTh me.

  9. Jennifer Cook Amos says:

    so appreciate you and your blog- not a new parent of littles anymore however, you continue to fill this site with honest,science based information with supporting documents- i was a special education teacher of children under the age of three so parenting of all children is close to my heart with solid based facts and research(love me a good research article). Thank you…thank you…and thank you-using all your suggestions for limiting social media- recently retired and needed this – gives me more times for walking and working out and purging my house
    FYI – I was not typing in caps- not intended at all- this was the only way i could leave a comment

  10. Lisa says:

    The calm app can be used to heLp you decide if you “need tO go to that site” each time i try to enter facebook or instagRam The calm app pops up and ask m3 to start taking breaths whiCh is when you would also think aBout if yoU then want continue on to those siTes or if you are all set. You Can set it to happEn wIth many siteS and not jUst one or tWo. I know many people that have Placed thIs oN their teens phones as well.

  11. KristIne Helms says:

    I LOVE this advice so much!
    I have already mived my app to my 4th slide On my phone.

    I did not know about setting a timer for apps! Super Cool!

  12. LAURA says:

    These are great tips. awareness is everything. I recently noticed i follow over 900 acounts. 900!!! why?? Probably all the giveaways! This needs to change… I am starting by unfollowing a handful of accounts per day. Its too daunting to review all at once. I also noticed this fall how much Facebook made me anxious with all the political posts and deleted the app off my phone. Haven’t missed it one bit.

  13. Lexi says:

    I love this SO much. I deleted social media on 12/31/20 and your account was one of the few that I miss, but I am so happy you have this blog that you still update. I agree, that after a month away from it, I truly feel like I don’t need it anymore. I would much rather subscribe to blogs I care about and get great information from. I have a few acquaintances that I miss seeing updates from, but they are just that – acquaintances. My good friends are friends that I am texting/talking to away from the apps anyways, so I don’t feel as though I am missing out on anything. I sent your stories to many of my friends when you first started talking about how you feel on your stories. It’s admirable and I’m so thankful for your realness!

  14. Alli says:

    Lynzy thank you so much for sharing these tips. I have been trying to get away from my phone more, but haven’t taken that step of setting limits. When I read your post I immediately went to my phone and added time limits for my social media apps. I am really looking forward to this challenge and how it will shift my focus and attention for the long term. Working from home during this pandemic has completely shifts how much media I consume and I know it is not what is best for me. I am a long time follower and truly appreciate your honesty and realness.

  15. Mary says:

    Hi Lynzy! It’s been so Amazing to see how your Account and mindset has transformed! It’s exactly what i needed to see and hear in such a weird time in history. Thank you so much for following your heart and leading us all To have healthier relationships with social media. ❤️ Mary

  16. Rachel says:

    Yes! Deleted facebook a Few years ago and It was the best decision ever. Ig has been trickier for me. Been off a few weeks and def mIss it But i think its just the pandemic circumstances (its a stand in for adult interaCtion).

    Does anyone lnow an wasy way to unfollow on ig? It Is so tedious to go through one by one and then at some point they make you wait until another day. I get that it’s Just another mechanism to keep you around and following everyone but so annoying. Thought i would asK in case anyOne Knew a good work around.

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