My digital detox

Friday (20 July) was a shit day; I’ve been trying to lose weight (yes again, same shit different day but yes I will be sharing more about this in another post) and even going so far as to give up dairy and in 3 weeks I lost 1kg! WTF? So I was just having a shit day and social media definitely didn’t help as one is bombarded by images & stories of people who just gave up dairy and lost 6kgs in a month, people who have reduced portion size and lost 5 kgs in a month, and so many more that I actually don’t even want to get into and my 1kg loss combined with all this social media ‘noise’ just tipped me and I’d had enough. So I made a rash decision, around 1:30pm, to have a digital detox for the weekend and that meant turning off my phone at 3pm on Friday and not switching back on until tonight (Sunday) once Tristan was in bed.┬áMy digital detox

Honestly I actually enjoyed it, like really enjoyed it. I focused on Shaun & Tristan and we had an absolutely wonderful weekend together! I read my book before bed – I usually am on Instagram for an age before I turn off the light but it was so lovely to read again. I also found I fell asleep a lot quicker – I usually fall asleep within 15 – 20 minutes (my guess) of turning off my light but taking away my phone I actually fell asleep within 5, max 10 minutes of lights out.

Yes I still watched a bit of tv and we listened to YouTube and I used Shaun’s Ipad to look up recipes but I literally turned off my phone and left it in my office; I also didn’t wear my watch all weekend. I didn’t open my laptop either.

I had a lunch with girlfriends on Saturday but I told them I’d be offline and it was fine, we still all met at the agreed time and it made no difference that I didn’t have a phone. It was also liberating to go out and I didn’t have to stress about making sure I had my phone with me, or whipping my phone out to check an incoming message or to take a photo. If someone wanted to get hold of me they had to call the house or Shaun’s mobile so I wasn’t uncontactable.

I will definitely be doing this again and want to make a concerted effort to put my phone away more, even if it’s just for the evenings so I can focus on my family.


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