Digital Detox. We all need one. And this month's wacky (mis)communication and rampant technical difficulties make this the perfect time to disconnect.
Modern technology is fantastic for bringing people together, providing information, and sharing knowledge, but we all know the routine - short scrolling sessions here and there lead to the formation of daily habits which leads to codependency with our devices, leaving precious little time for connecting with our soul or with the people in our lives. Recent studies show that increased screen time also comes with increased stress, pressure, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Digital detoxing will look different for everyone - it's not a one size fits all prescription. Many of us rely on our computers and phones for our livelihood so disconnecting completely just isn't feasible. The key is to create realistic boundaries that you feel confident you will be able to stick to.
I love the idea of creating daily digital detox habits because, let's face it - small, consistent steps are a lot more doable than giving up your phone cold turkey for an entire week.
My personal boundaries:
I used to have a "no checking work emails over the weekend" policy, but many times my job requires immediate notification and coordination. I removed that from my list because not checking my work email actually increased my stress and anxiety. It just doesn't work for my lifestyle right now so I removed it and that's okay- set yourself up for success, not failure! Experiment with your own daily detox parameters using trial and error until you find the formula that works best for you.
Some people commit to only checking social media platforms three times a day. I have quite a few friends who log out of the app so they have to sign back in every time, which helps cut down on the habit of mindless scrolling. Many people I know have deleted the app from their phone so they have to be on a computer to access their social media platforms. There are lots of ways to achieve a better real life/virtual life balance - the trick is to choose parameters that feel realistic and authentic for you and your lifestyle.
The goal of a digital detox is to create more space for stillness within your mind, to promote connection to both your intuition, which is the source of infinite wisdom, and to the people who grace your life with their love and friendship. Nice byproducts of a digital detox are increased productivity, awareness, happiness and a rekindling of creative (and maybe even romantic!) spark.
How do you think you can incorporate a digital detox into your daily life in the coming week? What tips and tricks do you have to manage and balance your real life and your virtual life?
Do you have the capacity to receive AND hold on to what you think you want?
Let’s try it – how does it feel in your body to imagine inviting a loving, healthy relationship into your life?
Where do you feel this in your body? What sensations do you feel when you imagine this? How does it feel – expansive or constricting? Do you feel a sense of lightness at the prospect of sharing your life with a supportive partner, or does the thought of this agitate you because your nervous system is used to chaotic relationships? Did you have to self-soothe as a child so now the thought of living with someone else makes you anxious because you are truly most comfortable alone?
Tomorrow marks the Fall Equinox and signifies one of two days out of the year (the other being the Spring or 'Vernal' Equinox) when day and night are almost exactly equal lengths and the entire planet is most in balance.
Taking our queue from Nature's rhythms, this week is the optimal time to examine balance in our lives.