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We are so consumed by technology these days and there are so many great aspects of what technology has brought to us. However, often we take technology to another level and it can consume our whole lives without us even realizing it. When was the last time you went a whole day without going on your phone? Or even a day without checking social media, or even a couple of hours for that matter?
Making the conscious effort to take a digital detox can be really refreshing and help you to live in the present moment and appreciate life a little more. I went to a retreat recently that had a complete digital detox policy for the 6 days I was there and to my surprise using any form of technology, even my phone didn’t even cross my mind for one second, I was actually regretting turning my phone back on at the end because I didn’t want to deal with what would be there.
Benefits Of A Digital Detox
Living in the present moment
Being in the present moment is something I talk about a lot in my How To Be Mindful and Achieve Inner Peace post. We spend so much of our time constantly thinking about what’s happening next and worrying about what has happened in the past. This is often highly influenced by what we see on social media, constant warnings about what’s coming in the future and reminders of what already happened in your past that your brain has no time to just be. Living in the present moment is how we achieve true happiness and inner peace and being so highly influenced by what we see online really beings to effect this.
We all know that the backlights in the screen of our phones, laptops, and TV have an effect on our ability to fall asleep. The blue light of the screens makes our brain think it is not the time for sleep yet and prevents the production of melatonin which is the hormone that causes us to fall asleep. By eliminating the use of these screens at night you will increase your quality of sleep and be able to fall asleep better. If you are someone who struggles to fall asleep easily then I would definitely recommend limiting the time you spend in front of a screen at night time, pick up a book instead and read for half an hour before going to sleep and see if you notice the difference.
Multitasking is not a thing, you actually can not do two things at once and expect them to be done properly. Being on your phone while doing anything else is multitasking. Our brains do not have a mental capacity to be able to do two things at once, so while you think its okay to be sitting there on your phone while someone is trying to have a conversation with you, you aren’t actually in the conversation or you’re just wasting data because you don’t even know what you’re looking at. Focus on one thing at a time and put the phone down.
So now that we have decided that multitasking isn’t a thing, putting down your phone or turning off the TV will make you even more productive than you ever thought you could be. Put your phone on do not disturb so the notifications or sounds won’t distract you and put your complete focus towards the task at hand. Hey, you’ll even finish the task faster so you’ll have the extra time at the end to scroll through your whole Insta feed or see every meme possible on Facebook.
Eat More Mindfully
It seems to be a bad habit that we have all gotten into, myself included *hides face* where we cannot eat without being on our phones. My morning will consist of me sitting down with a delicious smoothie bowl concoction in one hand and my phone in the other, scrolling through every social media platform known to mankind. Then before I know it my whole smoothie bowl is finished and I can’t even remember what it tasted like. Do you know that feeling? That’s because you were so caught up in your social media that your brain couldn’t even put one little bit of focus on what the food was like. Stepping away from technology and actually putting your phone down while eating will allow you to actually taste the food you are eating and appreciate it more. This is a really good way to prevent overeating as well because we can actually take the time to realize when we are full and stop eating.
7-Day Digital Detox
Okay, so I get that completely cutting out technology or even your phone for a whole week may be nearly impossible seeing as so many of us rely on it for work or will have our mums worrying about where we are. So I have written out a digital detox plan that should be suitable for most people just to have a little taste of what its like to go without your phone for a little while without going cold turkey. This will also teach you to be more mindful when actually using your phone and maybe even give you the push to start limiting your time using it.
Monday – Turn off push notifications
Come on, do you really need to know when every single person likes your new Instagram photo or every single email that comes through? Turning off push notifications will stop you from checking your phone every single minute and bring you back to the present moment.
Tuesday – Unfollow/unsubscribe/unfriend
Anything that doesn’t give you joy or serve you a purpose. We already spend too much time on social media so we don’t need to be spending it seeing things we don’t really care for, don’t feel bad just get rid of the stuff you don’t really want to be seeing.
Wednesday – Charge phone in another room
When putting your phone on charge overnight place it in another room so you won’t be distracted by it lighting up or any notifications or even have the distraction there if you haven’t quite fallen asleep yet.
Thursday – Don’t check phone until lunch
Take a book on the morning commute to work or just look outside your car window and take notice of where you are and the scenery and then once your at work completely focus on the work you have at hand, or even if your not working do the tasks you have to complete and then check your phone at lunch time.
Friday – Leave phone at home while out for dinner
Plan a night out with friends and consciously leave your phone at home. It would be great if you can ask your friends to do leave it as well and have a lovely dinner without going on your phones and being distracted.
Saturday – Don’t check social media until after dinner
No Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Tumblr, Whatsapp, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Youtube, StumbleUpon, Vine, nothing at all until after and I actually mean after you have finished eating dinner, not during.
Sunday – Full day no phone
Go the whole entire day with out going on your phone. Turn it off and put it away and go for a walk outside or have a fun beach beach day! Just do something really fun and exciting and live in every moment of it with out the need of being/checking on your phone.
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Mindful Exercises For Everyday Life
Start living more mindfully by using these exercises daily and begin your journey to inner peace, joy and happiness