I am practicing taking 24 hours, just one day a week, away from the internet and it feels so good!
Sometimes the simplest thing we can do to find a happy place in the midst of all the external negative is to take a digital sabbatical and rest our brains.
Many of us are carrying a heavy burden of brain toxicity overload. It’s an INFODEMIC everytime we log on! Social media, news, radio, cell phones, iPads, computers, etc. We are getting negative information thrown at as all day. Not to mention that sometimes the beeps, dings, chimes and rings can make us (or at least me) feel so irritable.
Taking care of our mental and emotional health is so important, but we can get sucked into the vortex of negativity so quickly. That is why it is so important to be mindful of when your mind needs a detox.
I recommend two things for detoxing your mind: no drama days and digital sabbaticals.
NO DRAMA DAY
A no drama day is simple. Whatever you do, resist the urge to find out what is happening in other peoples lives, or getting sucked into the social media fight of who is right and who is wrong, and focus on your life – doing the work of making YOU feel at ease and calming your nervous system. This means stop caring so much about the drama that Debbie, or Karen or Kate are in. It also means, shutting down all the sources that you get your negative news from like the television, newspaper and newsfeeds on your phone. Spend an entire day tuning it all out so that you can give your mind, heart and soul a break from looking at all the things that take you out of your happy place.
THE DIGITAL DETOX
Next, the digital detox. Create moments where you turn off all the noise. This includes everything that beeps, sings, dings, rings, ticks, tocks, or dongs. Just shut it all off. I’m not talking about meditation, even though I do highly recommend a meditation practice. I’m talking about putting yourself into a noise-free space. You can read a book, a magazine or even write in your journal. Just make sure there is no background noise to be heard except for your breathing. This will help you clear your mind of all distractions that outside noises cause. This is also great for an extra dose of productivity. When you detox your mind, you are allowing room for all those fabulous and creative ideas to flow in.
Take it even further and have technology free, news free, all negative free days. This means putting away all those gadgets and for 24 hours getting creative with what you can do with your free time. That means going an entire day not hearing about all the negativity that the media spins and wants to get you worked up over. We take that negativity with us, even when we don’t think we are. Instead, you can: go for a walk, read a book, call a friend, play, listen to uplifting music, prepare a delicious meal. Whatever you choose, just choose to work the work of being drama-free and giving your nervous system a breather.
Speaking of breather, take a deep breath – you’ve been holding your breath 😉