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5 Things to Do Instead of Scrolling through Social Media

We all know how overwhelming social media can be. Most people use social media in a way that leaves them feeling tired and disconnected from themselves. If you find yourself in the endless scrolling club, it’s time to introduce yourself to some new pastimes. Here are five ways to get started:

#1: Podcasts

You can listen to podcasts while walking, exercising, or even cleaning. If you find yourself wanting to learn more about a new topic, study a certain language, or visualize a new world without having to read, podcasts are for you. Some of my favorite kinds of podcasts center around relationships, self-love/growth, psychology, empowerment, and social media.

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#2: To-Do Lists 

Making to-do lists is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time while staying organized. These lists will help you feel you’ve gained some control over your busy week, but they don’t just have to be about academics! Some fun to-do lists could be about any of the following: movies, recipes to try, goals, things that motivate you, groceries, things you want to buy, things to do in your free time, or books to read.

#3: Hobbies

You might be thinking, “Oh I definitely don’t have that much free time on my hands.” But just think about all that time you’ve spent on social media! Now imagine what your life would look like if you replaced that procrastination with something useful. I recommend activities like reading, gardening, taking photos, baking, creating playlists, learning calligraphy, or watching online courses for fun. Just try what feels right for you!

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#4: Journaling

There’s no better way to disconnect from social media than by connecting with yourself instead. Through journaling, you’ll be able to let go of your worries and release some tension. You can use writing to discuss your hopes and dreams, or simply talk about your day. If writing isn’t your thing, you can use your journal to practice doodling!

#5: Meditation

To start meditating, I recommend that you light your favorite scented candle or maybe some incense. Then, sit or lie down on your favorite cushion (yoga mat, floor, bed, etc.). Next, find a good meditation exercise (apps or YouTube videos are great sources!), and try to see which one works best for you.

Hopefully, with the help of these tips, you’ll spend less time on social media and more time on yourself.

Vivian Rivera

UC Berkeley '21

Vivian is a senior at UC Berkeley studying English Literature. She dedicates her time on books, creating art, making tea blends, and loves podcasts on self growth. Vivian is also a dancer and frequent journaling connoisseur. She loves to discover new recipes and focus on health related articles.
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