10 Lessons Learned from a Digital Detox
It might sound scary; your digital FOMO may even be rising at this very moment just by thinking about it. ATC thinks you need a digital detox whether you know it or not. The internet isn’t going no where, so give it an honest try.
Have you pondered over how many hours you spend on social media? Endless scrolling? Sure, what got founder ATC Sara Che to push the digital breaks was she started reflecting on how she’s spending time watching others live their lives instead of making the most of her.
FIRST LESSON: CLARITY
When I cleared my digital space and opened up, something new happened. I was open to new information that was coming through.
SECOND LESSON: WITHDRAWALS
Withdrawal? Don’t judge yourself- its fully normal. Let’s be honest, these platforms are constructed with the mind-frame to hold ones’ attention for as long as possible. It’s not you, it’s actually designed to keep you scrolling endlessly. Remember those days when Facebook didn’t update its feed automatically?
THIRD LESSON: EXTENDED MORNING RITUAL
Not peeking at the phone before morning ritual have never been easier. What a difference it does for the mind to stay away from the phone in the morning. By not looking at the phone until after the morning ritual, the post-yoga and meditation alignment stuck around much longer throughout the day in comparison to the mornings where peaked at the phone before crawling out of bed.
FOURTH LESSON: BEING PLUGGED-IN IS DRAINING
Electrical pollution is a fact. Let’s acknowledge that we have never in humans’ history lived with so many devices, Wi-Fi-connections and electricity around us. Modern technology has altered the landscape of our lives. A growing number of scientists worldwide are trying to alert us to the fact that the devices to which we are all so attached emit electro magnetic frequencies [EMFs], which could have serious consequences for our health.
So what are EMFs? Electromagnetic fields are areas of energy that surround electronic devices. symptoms include nervous system symptoms such as fatigue, stress, mood swings and sleep disturbances, low energy levels, depression or ‘foggy’ thinking, and burning sensations, rashes and prickly feeling on the skin.
FIFTH LESSON: FOCUS HOCUS POCUS!
Social media can be a challenge to manage when you’re easily distracted. For example, if you’re a HSP you may be prone to being easily distracted. What do we do the first thing we do? Pick up the phone. Any new likes, comments, or maybe DM’s? Doing a digital detox is great to get some perspective, how you use social media or you’re phone in general. Are you procrastinating other things by keeping yourself pre-occupied with what’s going down in the ‘gram?
SIXTH LESSON: PUT IT INTO PRACTICE
After a week of discovering one advantage after the other it’s safe to say that digital detoxes are as essential as giving you internal system a flush after consuming foods that doesn’t boost your body.
Disconnecting and being off the grid for a half-day or a whole day a week can do wonders. Incorporate it in your self-care technique, or set a time at evenings where no-screen time is needed.
SEVENTH LESSON: OVERSHARING VS. PRIVACY
Remember those days when tagging yourself at a spot on Facebook felt as you really put yourself out there? Today people know what you’re doing and whom you’re doing it with in real time.
And sometimes when you’re sharing an experience, you might get interrupted with a “yeah I saw you did that on Instagram“. There is something soothing with privacy, especially when you haven’t been fully private for a long time.
With a digital culture that reaps on over-sharing, how much is too much? Have you reflected upon why you share things you do-and why they matter to you?
EIGHT LESSON: INTENTION
Its easy to get caught up and lost in endless scrolling when we enter the digital ether without an intention. By adopting an intention before going online, we can create more clarity and use our time more intentionally–to actually get stuff done.
NINTH LESSON: COULDN’T CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING
We can spend our lives looking at what everybody else is up to, or we can actualise what we have been dreaming for. Do you want to look back on your life to see that you was held back your usage of a device or app? Or do you want to start putting one brick down, and let it become the foundation you stand upon tomorrow?
TENTH LESSON: NOT AS DEPENDENT AS I THOUGHT
The biggest surprise was how little electronics was missed, in fact it became an eye opener to set aside more time off-line.
By being our own best friend and making sure we’re exposed to stimuli that is a benefit to us, we can take back out power from these addiction constructed platforms. If you don’t want to jump on a digital detox, start by skipping social media for a few days and observe how that feels.
All in all, this digital detox definitely put technology in perspective. It was liberating to not think about it, and so much fun to have longer, uninterrupted conversations with the people around.