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How To: Not Let Instagram Take Over Your Life

How To: Not Let Instagram Take Over Your Life

In the past 2-3 months, I have been upping my Instagram game through various ways, and honestly I have seen an increase in engagement and I'm happy. 

But I've also since noticed how almost inseparable I have become with Instagram, but also that I am not the worst of them all. 

I see Instagrammers who are almost taking it to the extreme by documenting everything and I think that's wrong. 

We won't be remembering that time we Instagrammed a photo when we're 80, but we'll remember the time we ate a really amazing burger. (You know what I mean? ;))

So here are my tips for how I keep my IG game decent, but also not let it take over my life. 


Set yourself a browsing/engaging timer. 

This is the number 1 thing I always do. 

When I'm ready to be on Instagram again (usually 3-4 hours after the previous time), I set myself a timer. This time limit depends on 1. who I'm with, 2. where I am, and 3. what I stopped doing to be on Instagram. 

For example, when I'm with my boyfriend, because my relationship is LDR, I check it 3 times a day, but only one of them is with him present. And that one time I do it, I limit myself 10-15 minutes. But that's only if we aren't really doing anything but chilling. 

Another example is when I get home after a day out. Because I'm 1. alone, 2. in my room, and 3. not sleeping, I set myself a timer for 20-30 minutes. 

Of course, don't make it a hard time limit. Just a guideline so you don't feel like you have to be on Instagram all the time. 

Put your phone away sometimes. 

It's easy to keep your phone constantly on and by your side. But there are times when you need to realize that having your phone right next to you is a burden. 

And so giving yourself time away from your phone is the most healthy way to continue this digital relationship, in my not-so-professional opinion at least :P

Take those photos, but edit them later. 

While I say put your phone away, I am absolutely not barring you or anyone else from taking the necessary photos. Because I do that. I typically put my phone away during a meal, but when the food comes, I take all those photos, and then I put my phone away. 

I will edit the photos I take from the day at night, before or after I have/had checked Instagram. 

Remind yourself that Instagram life is not real life, and that real life is more important. 

This is something I see people grappling with, and it's this novice notion that Instagram is not where real life happens. 

It always worries me that people take Instagram seriously... And forget that real life is going on around them. 

Remind yourself, every day, before you even check your Instagram for that day, that your life, your real life, is what matters, and what is more important. 

Take a social detox when it feels like Instagram is weighing you down. 

This is more of a personal thing so I'll try my best to explain it to you. 

Have you ever been on Instagram so much that you feel burnt out? It starts to feel burdensome to be on Instagram? And you almost start to resent living in the digital age? 

Because if you say no to any of those questions, you're in denial. I'm almost 100% sure that anyone who has access to social media will have felt this way, one time or another. 

So when that happens to you, take a social detox. 

Two weeks ago I had this very real moment where I felt tired of Instagram. So for the following week I chilled a bit, posted when necessary, engaged a little, but for the most part stayed away from checking it too often. 

I know that isn't the definition of a social detox, but for me that was enough to bounce back.

Just make sure that you take the necessary detox for YOU. This particular point is super personal, so do what you need to do. 


I'm by no means a professional, but I do know what works for me, and what has worked for me thus far. 

So I hope these tips given you something to think about. And good luck! 

What are your Instagram tips and tricks to not let it take over your life? 

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