Ok, so I am always on about Digital Detox and creating a balance between your good old-fashioned analogue time and screen time! After spending a lot of time on my computer creating content for our Digital Detox Retreats, I noticed my priorities had changed, my mood changing and becoming the bitch from hell.
The 5 Benefits of less screen time I have found:
So by limiting my screen time throughout the day and making sure I didn’t go near Digital Devices from 7.30pm at night I found I began to unwind naturally, I felt more relaxed and became less agitated. My body told me pretty quickly it was time for bed and, believe me, I was ready, and I listened! I can tell you that was the best night’s sleep I had for a very long time. My mind switched off, and I was OUT within 10minutes of going to bed at 8.30. I am a morning person for sure, but I found I didn’t wake up thinking about what to write next or feeling agitated. I have backed it up with another three nights much the same, and I LOVE IT.
I have always been the creative type loving my Crochet in winter and doing the odd charcoal sketch (Not that you can tell what it is) BUT over the past 12 months I haven’t touched any of it!! Not even my Crochet, which relaxes me beyond words. I have been staring at my beads, my wood carving kit & my Cement fondue material and have produced ZERO. By limiting my screen time over the past four days, I have pulled out my Crochet and happily pumped out a few rows and the feeling and memories that came from that were priceless. I may have even sat in my rocking chair to do it too, and it did bring a tear to my eye or was it just the wind?
Putting MY time first
I reclaimed MY time, those precious hours that blend into working hours because you feel guilty for being self- employed! Not your average 9-5 so to justify it you tend to add a few extra hours in at night just to prove to yourself you are working hard! I used to Meditate without fail in the evening but again I have struggled to justify taking time for me to nourish my mind and body. I got out my old CD, dusted off the player and made myself comfortable. 60 minutes of meditation and I was in nurturing heaven. Oh how I had missed this, the feeling I get, the sense of calm and peace was just what I required and was long overdue. Again I cried a little as though it was some knowing, a release and my mind saying to me “Finally, she remembered herself” I have now given myself permission to Meditate every evening and have stuck to that commitment to myself for five nights in a row.
Do you put yourself first and take time out to nurture YOU?
I have phoned my friends, talked to my husband and shared plenty of laughs and bottles of Sparkling with people I care about without the weight of my Digital Device attached to me or worrying about the next bit of content I have to get to my web lady AKA Gayel @The Content Queen.
Our human connections and communication are priceless to learn new things, learn about what is going on in their world and not just to rely on Facebook to keep up to date. I think this may have made us a bit lazy in the whole keeping in the loop with the people we care about. And to be honest, I don’t want to find out everything from Google either; I would much prefer to find out off the people that know and have experienced things for themselves.
For me its creating a thread and a timeless memory that I will be transported back to at some stage in the future.
I have more focus and clarity on so many levels since limiting my Screen time for the past four days. I am completing tasks, doing less double handling, forgetting less and creating more in my ACTUAL world not my Digital one. This for me has reduced my agitated feeling, and my husband may be thankful also. Listening because my brain doesn’t have multiple tabs open. Retaining information because I’m not living in the future of what’s next. Less anxious because I’m not on information overload!
I have been going on about Digital Detoxing and less screen time for the past 18 months and how our lives have changed dramatically in the past six years since the internet has become mobile and how we are constantly in information overdrive. While this may be o for some, it’s not for me. I NEED my time to be mine and to unplug on a regular basis. The past 12 months have seen me more online than I would like to admit. YES, it is my business, but I can still achieve without it ruling my life. People I talk to are constantly tired, overwhelmed and anxious. We are less committed, over connected and under nourished. When are we going to say enough is enough and reclaim some time for ourselves?
How are you handling your Screen time?
Do you feel disconnected from everyone?
Would you like to regain the balance in your life?
I will leave you with the thought of creating more time for you and limiting how often you are connected to your digital devices
Love Tanya x