My coach at Life Changing Fitness set the group a challenge last week - 24 hours without social media /smart phones.
Shock! Horror! How on earth would I manage? Well I have to be honest and say that for a while now I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with the incessant interruptions and mindless scrolling I do. I downloaded an app recently called Off-Time to monitor my usage and it sounds an alarm when you are reaching the limit you have set yourself. So I had been more aware of my very bad habits.
But it does become a habit, an obsession doesn't it? How on earth did we manage in a world before iPhones? They were supposed to make our lives easier but actually I think they have just made our lives busier and more stressful.
I do love Facebook for the way it keeps you in touch with old friends. And I would never want to give it up completely for that one reason alone. I like the record of my life it gives me, I love the 'memories'. But I hate the rest of it, it is a thirst for knowledge but it is mundane and boring and yet still we scroll looking for the next bit of gossip or news that we are terrified of missing out on.
I also love Instagram, it is really great for outfit ideas and interior decorating ideas and I love to look at the creative photos my family and friends post of their adventures and day to day lives. And of course I post a lot myself, mostly outfit inspiration and sharing ideas and style finds. Having an Instagram account dedicated to my fitness journey really helped me stay focused.
However, I don't need to be on it as much as I am. I have been feeling rather stressed of late and I keep thinking if I freed up the time I spend on social media I would have an awful lot more time in my day to get things done which means less stress. Less stress is good for our health and good for our bodies. I could see where Dan at Life Changing Fitness was coming from. Getting lean and losing weight isn't just about what you eat! You need to cut out the stress too.
So at 7.30 pm on Thursday night I sat down to watch Eastenders and switched my phone volume off and put it on do not disturb. Then I read a book! And what a good and useful book that turned out to be - The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells - Make Peace with Food, Love your Body and Reclaim your Life. Ummm could also be talking about social media.
I went to bed. I didn't check my phone. I got up in the morning. I didn't check my phone. No need to worry about the children contacting me as they were both at home. I had breakfast and read my book! I then got on with housework and paperwork and didn't feel rushed.
Mid-morning the landline rang and it was my daughter from school!! She had forgotten her PE kit and could I bring it in (she had texted me but then realised I wouldn't see it)!
I dropped her PE kit in and then went to get my nails and feet done. I chatted to my nail technician and I didn't check my phone. I think I have chosen the wrong colour for my nails though - I was too quick to go for a summery coral shade and I'm thinking it is a bit bright too soon. Oh well.
So what did I learn:
I can manage without checking social media every ten minutes.
The world will not stop if I miss a crucial bit of 'news'
I get more done if I am not constantly checking my phone.
I therefore feel less stressed as I have more time.
If someone wants to get hold of me they still can (if I am at home)
I loved having a break from it and not being a slave to technology
I loved reading a book!
So what now?
Well I am definitely going to reduce my phone usage time. I am determined to read more books and scroll less on my phone. I want to be less stressed and this is a good place to start.
What about you? Do you dare give it a go and see what you find out?
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