How To Breakup With Your Electronics
I know, but just hear me out. It's time for a social media exodus.
Almost everything will work if you unplug it for a while including yourself. - Anne Lamott
I don't know about you, but the attachment to my electronic devices is borderline ridiculous. When I don't have my phone, it is a lot like when I first went to sleep-away camp: the first few hours are a bit terrifying, then you settle in and it's lit. A lot of the fun is not having the responsibility to respond to people and the freedom of detaching from the digital world. Have you ever experienced the gratification of clearing out your inbox? Do you avoid it all together? Our emotional health and relationship to our electronics has a lot to do with the patterns we've set and studies are increasing that show the effect of the incessant use of social media and its impact on sleep disturbances and mood. Let's cancel that: it's time to breakup with our electronics and social media (just for a bit).
Positive Distraction of the Week:
It's not you, it's your iPad. Break up with a device and/or social platform this week for 3 days. Kick the monkey off your back and fight the urge of feeling like you have to respond. Select something that has a pretty strong hold over your behavior. On a scale of 1 to 10, measure your level of anxiousness before letting the item go. On day 3, when you reintroduce the item back into your life, re-scale your anxiousness. As you work on unplugging this week jot down notes so you have a record of what was successful, what didn't work, and what you may want to repeat or keep indefinitely in your routine!
Eat one meal without your phone.
Focus on listening instead of speaking during conversations.
Take out your ear plugs & get to the human contact during your commute.
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Best, Dr. Dyce