“The freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, and anxiety” is one definition of PEACE. Why has peace become so elusive today?
As frequent readers of this blog know, I was able to take a vacation earlier this year, and unplugged from technology. Or, at least, that was the goal. I didn’t take my computer, but did have my phone. I was tempted a couple times to turn it on, and had an issue at home to take care of, but all in all…it was off. And I didn’t miss it. The only time I wanted to turn it on was when my friends where using theirs. Isn’t that the way? You go into a dentist office, and you have no need to take out your phone, but everyone else has their noses in one, so you pull yours out too.
Studies are showing that we get a dopamine reaction which can lead to addiction every time we get an email, text, or result on our devices, and it is an ongoing, and sometimes heated debate if this is also contributing to hormonal disruption, ADD, and memory issues.
Our world has changed dramatically since the development of the Internet. A study done back in 2015 by Neilson reported that Americans older than 18 spend a whopping 11 hours a day watching TV, listening to the radio, or using smartphones or other electronic devices. That shocked me! And of that time more than 2 hours each day was engaging with social media. With the damage being done to our bodies (from so much sitting) and relationships, it’s healthy to fast from technology on a regular basis. Both daily, weekly, and during extended vacations.
A media fast has many healthy benefits
So HOW do we “unplug”? Look at your attention as an asset. We only have so much of it. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Success is achieved with patience. As you learn to let go of technology maybe you will even be led to an entire WEEKEND RETREAT of no media. I know that is a big step, but imagine how rested and clear-headed we would all be after a refreshing media detox! I definitely felt better after my vacation, and I know it wasn’t just due to the sunshine!
Another great way to unplug is to be with friends and family. I know that I have had great plans to give parties and entertain, for instance, after returning from cooking school in Italy, the plan was to hold an “Evening in Tuscany” complete with opera singers. That was in 2012 I believe, and still not done. For the couple occasions I have managed, my favorite way to invite people is by using Paperless Post. I just think they have a very classy way of presenting the invite via email, so I thought I’d share this resource.