I took a week long digital detox and it was just what I needed…I decided to eliminate TV, my laptop, the internet and social media, deleting all my apps for a week, basically anything that usually would have me staring at a screen for long periods of time. And I pretty much only used my phone to text, only when essential (I’m not really a big texter anyway so that wasn’t hard for me)…and I have to say I actually loved it.
After having felt burnt out for a while, it was like the full factory re-set I’d needed – long overdue and so worth it.
I cleared my work calendar ahead of time and treated my week like an at home retreat; I went to the gym and yoga, I had a massage, I had a float tank session, went out for some meals, had lots of long walks, I journaled, and I read a lot – which is one of the things I really enjoyed getting back into the swing of this past week.
I seriously hadn’t felt this relaxed and fully present in such a long time, and I felt like I really got to clear my head and simply just think.
I couldn’t recommend taking a digital detox enough, especially if you are someone who struggles with anxiety, stress or overwhelm. It’s something I’ll be doing a lot more going forward…
Previously I’d take a weekend out here and there, but a full week gave me long enough to sit in the initial discomfort and actually give my brain time to process without so much outside noise and distraction…
It made me think of the quote I read whilst reading Greg Mckeown’s Essenstialism a while back -‘ …by abolishing any chance of being bored we have also lost the time we used to have to think and process’ – I couldn’t agree more.
Your mind is such a precious thing, treat it as such.