Hi fellow bloggers and followers, I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to the weekend. With the last few weeks being particularly chaotic, I have found myself falling behind with my posts, replying to people etc and I have decided that I am in serious need of a digital detox.
Its going to be a challenge but I think I can do it. I have become increasingly busy with both real life and online commitments and something just has to give. Given that I can’t really switch off from real life, I have decided I am going to switch off from my online life in the hopes that it will all still be there when I come back.
So what does a digital detox involve? For me, it is going to involve staying off my phone apps and also my laptop. So that means no WordPress, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram etc, NO social media. It is going to be a real test on my willpower but luckily I like a challenge so I will do my very best.
What do I hope to achieve by staying off line? Well I am hoping that I can become more mindful again and set my mind on one thing at a time. I am usually doing about 5 things at once and while doing these 5 things, I usually manage to pick up my phone a few times too. I want to be able to get back to doing one thing at a time.
For example, having my breakfast at the table with no phone in hand plus radio in background. I want to truly connect with that one thing I am doing and really be able to taste that food. I feel like I am on auto pilot all the time and because of this my memory isn’t too sharp either. I have been running up the stairs a lot these days only to forget why I was going up in the first place, does that ring a bell anyone? This is the product of a busy, stressed out existence.
During my internet vacation, I am also going to evaluate whether I really need to be so involved in social media. I am going to get out of the house more, read more, be more present for my son and try to bring meditation back into my life. I am also going to write down every day how I am feeling and note changes in my mood and stress levels.
I am really serious about this. Since phones evolved to have the internet, they have become such an interfering force in our lives, always demanding our attention and alerting us to something that needs to be read and tended to. They prevent us from fully connecting with the world because lets face it, they are like a drug, so utterly captivating and addictive. I will not be a slave to my phone anymore and its time I faced the fact that my iphone and I have a co-dependent relationship. This has got to stop.
So as of Monday 30th November I am taking a 10 day break from all my online commitments and phone apps. I will not be active on WordPress nor will I have any scheduled posts. I am both excited and nervous about this but feel it will be hugely benificial for both myself and my family.
Does anyone else find that combining real life with the online world can be overwhelming at times? How do you deal with this? I would love to hear if anyone has embarked on a digital detox similar to the one I am doing and if so, how did you get on?
Have a great weekend guys, wish me luck !!!
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