It might have been 2013 when I first did a “tech detox”. I may not remember what I did, but still remember the feeling of that weekend; the documentation of it is probably floating out there in a prior blog that I’m too lazy to find.
Given how my body has forced me to slow down since I moved to Austin, it might seem strange that I should require more quiet time, but I can assure you that even though I’m not as physically active as I used to be, my mind is still often moving fast. It’s not quite in the overdrive it used to be—thank you consistent yoga practice—but I find that I still sometimes need a break from being on, whether in-person (i.e. I teach, coach, and network but am really very introverted!) or via online social media.
If you’re anything like me the idea of taking a weekend or even a day (as I do nowadays) to un-plug might raise your anxiety. This certainly happened for me the first time. You might also have the question, “what am I to do INSTEAD???”
Putting logistics aside for a moment*, I’d just like to share some of what my most recent detox day looked like. Maybe this will spark some ideas that would make even a half-day detox seem more do-able and less anxiety provoking. Trust me, once you get the hang of it, it will be well worth it!
- Woke up naturally, without an alarm clock
- Did a silent, slow, and short yoga practice
- Savored my coffee and breakfast
- Oiled my body (abyangha) and showered
- Read part of the special MINDFULNESS issue of Time I picked up yesterday at Whole Foods (interesting note: most of what I help people do is in there!)
- Considered a few difficult situations that have recently have disturbed my equilibrium
- Practiced my Tai Chi form
- Rehearsed for my Anxiety & Depression Workshop (twice!)
- Continued reading my current book: Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche by Bill Plotkin, after donning a bathing suit and walking to the neighborhood pool that I’ve never used
- Took a refreshing cool shower and did a face mask
- Throughout the day, I made a (handwritten) list of anything that I needed to do once connected again—things that might have drawn me back to the laptop or to a device
- Enjoyed a healthy lunch
- Used some leftover melted chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries for my boyfriend
- Got bored!
- Drank a lot of water, including some infused with strawberries
- Played with different ways to cook the sweet potatoes that were waiting in my fridge
- Also made a nice dinner of scallops and broccoli rabe smothered in ghee
- Journaled some of my thoughts, which turned into a few blogs (this and the prior one)
- Started a new puzzle with my boyfriend
- Did another silent, slow, and short yoga practice
- Read a bit more before going to bed
*If there’s interest in topics like “what is off-limits during a tech-detox?” I’d be happy to share what I do.