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Update, November 21: One week after suddenly disabling her Instagram account, it appears that Kendall Jenner is finished with her digital detox. The supermodel returned to her self-described favorite platform last night, posting three vaguely captioned images that highlighted her burgeoning photography skills.
"I just wanted to detox," she explained to Ellen Degeneres last week. "I would wake up in the morning and look at it first thing. I would go to bed and it was the last thing I would look at. I felt a little too dependent on it. It's kind of really nice to be away from it. I'm away from my phone so much more—you start to engage in real life."
Though it was only seven days, Jenner made the case for taking even a short break from the demands of social media—because even those of us who don't boast 68 million Instagram followers certainly feel the urge to scroll through our feeds on a minute-by-minute basis. New Year's resolution, anyone?
November 14: Kendall Jenner's biggest fans may have found themselves in for a rude awakening this morning when they logged onto Instagram… only to be met with a message that the page no longer exists. That's right: Jenner's account—one of the most followed in the world—has been deleted.
As it has only been a few hours since her prompt exit from social media, no one is quite sure why Jenner decided to give Instagram a break (or whether it might actually be permanent). Still, we can't exactly fault the supermodel for taking a breather from one of her social channels—and neither can many wellness experts, for that matter. After all, in our ridiculously connected world—a world where many of us sleep with our smartphones just inches from our heads—a digital detox is often prescribed as a way to reduce anxiety and reboot the mind and body.
It was only last week that we learned, via Keeping Up With the Kardashians, that Jenner does, in fact, suffer from anxiety: So much, that it manifests in sleep paralysis, which in turn leads to more sleepless nights. As a fellow sufferer of the condition, I can report that for me, it's always aggravated when I don't take the time to unplug—and while it's all conjecture, that could be some of the reasoning behind Jenner's Insta-exit.
The bottom line is that whatever her reasoning, we could honestly all learn from Jenner's decision to step back, even if we'll miss seeing her in our feeds—because honestly, how many of us are guilty of looking at life through a VSCO filter? Keep scrolling for some quick tips on unplugging.
Journaling is a really effective way to ground yourself and organize your mind—especially in a world where it tends to be pulled in a million directions by different distractions and networks. Consider putting aside a few minutes to log your thoughts on a daily basis—or better yet, reaching for your notebook when you're tempted to grab your phone.
One of the most effective strategies for unplugging that we've ever tried is to surround ourselves with nature. Forest bathing is a form of meditation that simply involves stepping outside and taking in your surroundings—whether you go for a stroll or opt for more vigorous exercise is up to you.
QualityTime App (Free)
You better believe there's an app for that—several, in fact. One of the most popular options is QualityTime, which logs your app habits and lets you know exactly how much time you're spending on some of your go-to social networks. (When you notice that you're spending more than four hours per week on Snapchat, you might just be motivated to shut it off a little more often.)
Don't underestimate the power of atmosphere: Creating a calming space at home can do wonders for making you feel more balanced and well-grounded, especially if scent is involved. Amp up the good vibes with a great candle, incense, or a smudge stick.
What are your favorite ways to unplug? Sound off in the comments below.