By Mr Bee
What did I learn?
I learned to not always rely on external stimuli and to improve my inner dialogue. This meant I always tried to turn negative thoughts into positive ones, and did not rely on the internet to provide me with inspiration.
On day 2…
I asked a series of questions and patiently pondered the answers:
I asked the question ” am I loading my mind with unnecessary problems and information?”
“Can I watch my mind and stand back from my thoughts, can I separate the real from the unreal?”
Both of these questions were aimed at social media or news stories I would subconsciously follow previous to the detox. I found the absence of this information left space for me to pause between my thoughts.
Switch off digital. Switch on life
Throughout the detox there was a drive to engage my senses. I spent time walking in places such as forests, parks and areas with water. Deep conversations and spending time with friends and family were also a key feature. My sleep improved and I feel the detox had a positive impact on my manners. I believe people today cannot escape their phones, even when they are in a real-life conversation. I believe this is not only rude, but bad manners. It is something that I would do regularly and now I am thankful I am more aware of my habits.
As my detox progressed I did employ my imagination in the right way and made lots of time for reading and meditation. I also journaled various thoughts, some highlights include:
- not to be so serious
- forget urgency and fear
- have fun with where you are and with what you have
- life is short
- everything has a solution, we just need to reframe the problem
- planning and research are important skills in life
Behaviour changes after my digital detox:
- I switch my phone off for periods during the day (especially when I have arranged all my correspondences)
- I do not repeatedly use my phone when I am engaging in a real-word conversation.
- I go and speak to people instead of texting and sending an email.
- I only have one browser open at one time on my devices now.
- I write a letter or post card and post it.
- I don’t just “like” things, I tell people why I think something is cool!
I realise a digital detox is not practical for everyone. There are a number of people for whom technology has advanced their lives and to simply stop it would be a step backwards. In my case, the detox has led me to remember to do things that make me feel alive.
Could you go a day without your phone, the internet, what about a week? How about web free ,no Facebook for a month? It would be great to hear your thoughts.