In a generation where we’re all plastered to a screen for almost every waking hour of the day, sometimes it needs to be remembered that there is life outside of the media. SO, I took a challenge and decided to give up my media sources for a few hours at a time. Allow me to let you in on a little secret: things are so nice when you’re media free.
In putting my phone on airplane mode for a little while, I was granted the time I needed to recharge and rejuvenate my mindset. Having been stuck in a rut about classes, my potential academic future, and multiple changes in my life, turning my phone away from the forefront of my to-do list was really an eye-opener. Here are some things I gained in my time media-free:
I had time for my hobbies
Being perpetually busy and then distracted by media on top of that, I never have time to just sit down and make time for my hobbies. As a creative writer, that includes writing poetry.I love to do this as a way to clear my mind and express myself, but being caught up in the motions of getting a notification, unlocking my phone, and heading down the digital rabbit hole, I lost sight of it. When I turned my phone off, it turned my creativity on. I was allowed to reach into the depths of my mind and write for a while without interruption.
I had time to take care of myself
When you’re on your phone all the time, you don’t really realize how much time you’re losing. In my digital cleanse, I found more time for exercise, and self-care. Self-care is so important, and losing sight of that importance is not something I plan to repeat. Make time to take a bath with your favorite LUSH bath bomb, treat yourself to a manicure, meditate, journal…whatever your bliss is, do it. I did – I gifted myself with a manicure and some relaxation time and it really made me a happier, healthier me.
I was less distracted
This is so huge. I’m always distracted by my phone. Whether it’s an Instagram notification or a message from a friend, I tend to always end up looking over to check on it. During my media cleanse, I found myself less distracted in my classwork, and less distracted when spending time with my S.O.
Most importantly: I was happier
You know that irritation you feel when you’re in the middle of something important and someone calls you / messages you / sends you a funny meme you can’t resist, because you’re trying to be productive? That feeling was gone. I was detached from the world of constant distraction, constant media updating, constant notification. I was allowed to just have my thoughts, do what I wanted, and not be alerted by my phone that it was so-and-so’s birthday. It was so peaceful.
So what am I really saying here? I’m saying that everyone should media detox. When feeling overwhelmed, when it’s a nice day outside, when the media is getting too stressful, when the world is pissing you off – turn it off. Just allow yourself to have some time for you, and you’ll realize that the distraction of your phone really does add to your frustrations some days. My media detox was such an eye-opening and relaxing experience, and I’m sure you’ll find it to be the same.