I just couldn't wait!
“Offline is the new luxury."
Last week I shared with you that Lucas and I booked a short vacation for this coming weekend. Even though I am still SO excited to leave everything behind for a few days and unwind in nature, it still didn't feel like enough.
Because almost every night we'd find ourselves in a similar situation - in the same room, not talking, on either our computers or iPhones.
AKA, plugged in.
And that gets old, real quick.
So this week, we decided to do something we've never done before...set some Online Guidelines:
- No computers or phones after 8PM (unless we're watching a movie - we don't own a TV); and
- No checking our phones in the morning until we've meditated, worked out and eaten breakfast.
Studies show that constantly being online causes some serious issues. And I know how awesome I've felt the times I've gone offline.
But technology is sneaky, isn't it?
Your phone just calls to you in the morning. You can't wait to check Facebook or Twitter to see what happened overnight. You secretly expect an email to be in your inbox that will change your life.
It's the FOMO phenomenon - Fear Of Missing Out.
We all want to be well-informed, but at what cost?
There's so much to be gained by taking a break from the screen. CLICK TO TWEET
Just some of the benefits include:
- Increased creativity
- Increased vitality and health
- Lower levels of fatigue and burnout
- Higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction
Those sound good to me!
In just the first few days of our experiment, Lucas and I have gotten better sleep, felt more connected as a couple, and released a whole bunch of hidden stress in our bodies that had begun to feel like the norm.
Not a bad lead-in to a vacation, huh?
Your turn - wanna take my screen-free challenge!? Go for the next 5 days following the rules above and let me know how it goes.
Or have you got the whole unplugged thing down already? Please share your experience on our Facebook page. I know a lot of people will get a lot of good from your story.
Emily "Screen-Free" Shaules