Your digital detox for a calmer life

Kirsty Raynor

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

I have recently admitted to myself rather reluctantly that I am, should I say was addicted to social media. It was something that I found very hard to admit as I always justified using social media for work or research.

 

"I actually found the fact that people couldn’t reach me almost freeing."

 

I finally realised that actually scrolling through stories of people who I barely know is probably not either of those things. I know, I know. Being self-employed and on the go all the time means that I don’t really have a routine as such, and can easily spend very unsociable hours on my phone that are both rude when in company and actually not productive at all. I knew that I needed a change and was willing to give it a go.

I recently went on holiday for a week and I was challenged to not have my phone for the entire week. To say I was anxious was an understatement! I actually could not even comprehend how I would manage for a day let alone a week… however I am here to tell you this has changed my life. Genuinely.

The main surprise that I found was that I didn’t even miss it. I didn’t once crave the need to be on social media or messaging people and I actually found the fact that people couldn’t reach me almost freeing.  We are contactable 24 hours a day, and I found that by embarking on this detox means I can now monitor and take control of how much I am using my phone.

I really want to emphasise how much of an enriching project this can be. No matter how old you are or what your goals are, maybe these benefits will help convince you to give it a try:

  • You will have so much more time to do actual things! I read two books in a week, granted I was on holiday but I have not done that for years!
  • Disconnect to reconnect. I can safely say I haven’t felt that connected to my partner in a long time (poor him - I did not shut up) but also with people that we met on holiday too; I had no distractions or preoccupations.
  • It puts things in perspective. You really do not need to post it to show that it happened.
  • It allows you to create guidelines that work around your life. I time-block one hour a day for social media and that is it, and actually that is enough.
  • Turning your phone off and eliminating the blue light in your bedroom actually helps you sleep better at night.
  • I found that I’ve since spent more time in nature. I go on a daily walk every day and now without having my phone on me, it’s truly become my daily meditation. Win Win!

 

"Today’s culture is built on technology which is taking away our natural down time that we used to have and enjoy."

 

With the summer holidays almost here for teachers, I wanted to ask you to spend a week doing the same thing and truly see what a difference it can make to your headspace.

I would love to hear how you get on, if you felt any benefits (you will!) and any extra advice you may have for anyone thinking about doing the same thing!

 

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Kirsty Raynor

#TeachFit programme lead

Kirsty is a yoga teacher on a journey of empowerment, building confidence and pushing the boundaries of what traditional yoga is and can be. 

She leads the TeachFit Yoga workshops in our partner schools.

 

 

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