Do you find yourself checking your Instagram as soon as you wake up?
Do you get upset when you don’t have Instagram notifications popping up on your phone?
Do you have to take pictures every time you’re out just to post to Instagram?
If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the above questions you might have an Instagram addiction. I found myself becoming addicted to Instagram. My addiction to Instagram became so bad that I was checking Instagram before saying my prayers when I would wake up. Instead of thanking God for waking me up each day I was more concerned about what was going on in the world of social media.
Now, Fit 29 relies on social media to 1) promote the business 2) connect with other fitness gurus and 3) stay on top of the latest fitness trends, but there comes a time when one has to learn how to balance it all. I learned this the hard way. There were times when I would post to Instagram for Fit 29 and then find myself wasting hours scrolling and liking different things. As a result my fingers would hurt and I’d always get a headache from having my phone so close to my face at night time.
When I’m not productive I feel like I wasted the hours I’ve been given here on Earth, so I knew I had to do something about being on Instagram so much. The first thing I did was turn my Instagram notifications off. This helped me to not always want to check Instagram every chance I got. Furthermore, this helped me to only engage with others whenever I actually opened the app.
Another way I stopped getting on Instagram was by scheduling my posts. When you schedule a post you don’t have to be in the moment to post the picture. You can rely on another app to post your picture for you without having to type up the caption and tag everything you have to tag. Lastly, I designated a period of time in the morning and evening for Instagram. This helped me to learn time management, but most importantly helped me read my devotion before even thinking to check Instagram.
Social media is always going to be around no matter what, but you don’t want it to consume you. Learn to be present with others when you are having face-to-face interaction with others. There’s nothing worse than having a conversation with someone and they’re constantly checking their phone.
Don’t let Instagram rule your life!