Electronic Detox

On this edition of Feel Good Fridays, I am going to talk about the importance of stepping away from electronics (TV, phone, laptop, anything else). Keep mind, I am just talking about a short break, nothing permanent, since there are benefits of technology.

When we have so much exposure to various electronics, it can become overwhelming. The thing that we can learn from technology, is that whenever our devices are getting a low battery life, we plug them in, so they don’t die. And we often to forget to charge ourselves. When our phones, or other devices “die”, they just turn off, but when our energy levels are low, we keep on pushing ourselves. This results in a burnout. It’s good to step back, and do something for awhile.

Even if we take a 15 minute break. It would wonders for the body. In this time, we can make a cup of tea, or coffee, and just really enjoy it. Or we can stretch, or write in a journal. The possibilities are endless. Something else that is beneficial is to turn off electronics an hour (at least) before bed. This will help you fall asleep faster, because your body will become aware that it is bedtime.

Any time spent away from technology will help you relax, and relieve stress throughout your day.

Unplugging

Hi everyone! Yesterday, I took the morning and afternoon to unplug, and participated in my readathon. It was a relaxing experience. I was in total silence, no TV, no music, and I refrained from using my phone.

I have my phone on silent all the time, and spend time checking up on any messages, email, and other notifications. I have always been like that ever since I had my phone. And there were times where I have misplaced my phone in my house, and someone would say they were going to call my phone to find it. But that would never work out, since it’s on silent. I felt like with having it on loud, or even on vibrate, then you’re automatically inclined to respond to whatever is wanting your attention right away. I don’t like giving my phone that much control and power. Now, I reply whenever I have the time, or when I want to get back to that person.

It’s hard for some people to understand, because they assume that if you don’t reply back to them within the same minute they sent you something, you must be ignoring that person. Well, to be fair, I used to be one of those people, but now I understand the value of time, and not everyone is going to prioritize their phone’s notifications. It is a freeing experience.

Although I know it must be a bit strange for someone who has a blog that unplugs every now and again. I am still going to blog, but throughout the day, I will be practicing unplugging from technology. There’s more important things to do in life, than to answer the next notification on your phone. I have also been trying to cut back on watching TV. I just know that my boyfriend works hard throughout the day, so it can be challenging to suggest another activity. But we have working on other ways to spend time rather than watching TV. We have been playing cards, board games, and reading a book together.

I am happy with the accomplishment I have made yesterday. It can be really fun not being glued to my phone, or my TV. It truly gives me more time to truly focus on me.

I can’t wait to unplug again, and see what else I can learn about myself.

Day Six

Let’s be thankful for our ability to communicate with each other. The world be a boring place without talking to others.

I am thankful for the family and friends I get to discuss my problems with them and give me guidance to do the best thing. I am grateful that this lockdown is happening now when we have technology on our hands instead of having this lockdown during a time where technology wasn’t accessible.

Today, let’s express our gratitude by talking to our person.