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I fell off the meditation wagon a few months ago and I missed it. More than I realised. Meditation allows me to disconnect for a few minutes every day – to mentally unplug. Bringing it back into my life has sharpened my focus on our increasing need to unplug.
Unplugging: hitting our own re-set buttons and allowing ourselves to recharge. In other words, disconnecting.
In our super-connected world, it’s easy to become completely reliant on tech. Multiply that by a good 3 or 4 if you’re a blogger – it’s a problem that needs an antidote. This week, I’ve learned that, for me, that antidote starts with meditation. 25 years ago, ‘Asking Jeeves’ in the public of the College Computer room was (student) cutting edge. Today, I’m asking Alexa, calling “Hey, Siri” and Googling many times a day.
In 2018, we are more connected than ever before. Virtually, that is.
As we become more tech-connected, we’re eroding on real, tangible connections. It feels more natural to me to send a text than pick up the phone. My teenage self would stare open-mouthed in disbelief to hear that! How did that happen?
So, I’m working on digital detoxing.
Why do we need to Unplug?
First things first, I don’t believe that all tech is bad. I certainly don’t believe that social media is a troll infested swamp. I’ve had some amazingly positive experiences and built some fantastic connections in the online world.
But it can all get out of hand
Two years ago, I was running a handmade business and disappearing into social-media vortex. My days a whirlwind of likes and comments. It was exhausting. I was a slave to keeping my Facebook message response rate to under an hour. Notifications would ping throughout a day out with the family. It was draining and not exactly how I figured running my own business would be.
I was missing out on what was right in front of me. All in the name of something that I couldn’t even touch.
The thing about tech is that it’s all speed orientated. When we’re functioning at 100mph we hardly find time to take a breath. Unplugging give us the opportunity to slow life down, appreciate the little things and work on the connections that are right in front of us.
10 easy ways that to get started with unplugging right now:
Make 5 minutes to meditate. If you think that meditation isn’t for you, I’d recommend reading: ‘Unplug’ by Suze Yalof Schwartz. You might just change your mind.
Don’t switch your phone, or computer, on for the first half an hour of the day. My day currently starts at 5 am. That gives me that tech-free half hour AND phone/laptop time before my boys get up in the morning. Why not use that half an hour to meditate – that’s efficient unplugging!
Make the last 1/2 hour before bed tech-free
Seek out nature
Be here now.
Give yourself permission to leave your mobile at home. Start when you run an errand and build up from there.
- Meet a friend for a cuppa.
Take up a craft – or re-connect with one that you used to love.
If you’re in business, schedule your social media posts – I use Buffer, Tailwind and Tweetdeck.
Cook a new recipe that you found in a book.
Here are some great reasons to start small:
You can make a start right here, right now.
Taking small steps right now, will add up to a big change within a week and even bigger within a month. Which = motivation to carry on.
It will free up time today to enable you to do something that you usually wouldn’t have time for.
It’s all about balance – which is more sustainable than taking an ‘all or nothing’ approach
- You’re giving yourself a healthy dose of self-care.