Digital Detox Challenge
We live in a fast-paced world, no doubt about it. That fast pace has blessed us with many things – for one, I wouldn’t get to be a blogger without the recent advancements of affordable technology – but has it come at a terrible price? The cost of our peace of mind and mental health?
I love my smart phone and social media as much as the next person; I love that I can log into Netflix or You Tube whenever I want, selecting content from the huge range of topics out there any time, day or night. I can shop online whenever I want and have no excuse whatsoever to be bored ever again.
What I can find it hard to do though, is to switch off. I’m sure I’m not alone – try staying off the internet and doing a digital detox for the weekend or for two hours before bed each night. I’m sure I could do it – but I think I’d find it strange, at least at first.
Why We Need to Switch Off Sometimes
Our bodies just aren’t designed to be “on” all the time – that’s why we need to sleep around 8 hours or so a night. Our bodies and minds also need time to rest when awake (and scrolling through our favourite internet or social media sites really doesn’t count as “rest” unfortunately).
When we are off our electronic devices, we at least signal to ourselves that we’re “off” from the world for an hour or two and give ourselves space and permission to do something else for a bit.
I’m willing to bet I’m a lot lazier too with entertainment only an app away – no need to get up and get a book – there’s an app for that! Can I be bothered filing and painting my nails, why bother when I can play another round of Candy Crush?
I actually use my phone far more than I’m comfortable with and not for making phone calls. I use it most often for reading but I don’t think it would do me any harm at all to cut it out for an hour or two before bedtime each night and find an actual book to read instead. From what I read on the internet, apparently I’ll sleep better for it too!
It’s not that I want to stop using my phone and devices altogether – I just want to try using them more mindfully. Half the time when I am on my phone, I’m on it out of habit rather than because I’m really enjoying it and finding value in whatever app I’m using.
Starting from 17 July 2019 then, I’m going to cut out using my phone for that last hour before bedtime for a week just to see if I see any benefit at all from being off it for a bit. I’m actually a bit intrigued as to what I might find to do with my time instead!
If you feel as if you might like to step back in time for an hour or two each night to live in the “real” world for the next week too, why not join me in my digital detox challenge? I intend to stay away from all electronics for that last hour before bed to give myself a real chance of winding-down before bedtime but you can limit it just to your phone or tablet or adapt to suit you.
Let me know in the comments how you find it or feel free to share this article with anyone else you think might find it useful 🙂