The Battle for My Mind - How a social media detox improved my mental well-being

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8

I used to be an addict.

Yes, an addict. I was hopelessly addicted to the news and to social media. For hours, I would stare at my phone, scrolling, reading, scrolling, reading, scrolling. It was endless. I was getting sucked in to every conspiracy theory, every negative post, every hateful comment that I read. In turn, I was a miserable, fearful person.

It wasn't until one horrible day that I decided I couldn't handle social media anymore. It wasn't the first time I got threats by some hateful people who were too invested in social media themselves. But this time, I decided I had had enough. I deleted all of my accounts on every platform I had - including the news. The only account I chose to keep was my Facebook account, and only for business purposes. I deleted everything else.