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Over the past three years, each time we’ve been away, I’ve had my ‘work mind’ on: “I must get that perfect shot for Instagram” or “I need to make sure I get enough video footage for a video” or “I must quickly check my emails to see if anyone has emailed me”. Looking back, it definitely didn’t ruin our holidays but it made them a tiny bit more stress induced than they should have been. That’s why over the summer I’ve had a bit of a detox whenever we’ve been away. It’s so nice to be somewhere new and to completely switch off. No emails, no text messages, no social media. Instagram is ridiculous sometimes. You could be in the Maldives, having the worst time ever (maybe a little unlikely) but taking photos to make it look as though you’re having the time of your life. It can sometimes feel like the internet is just a place for half of the population to show off in an attempt to make the other half jealous. It’s rubbish and so here are my reasons to consider taking a weekend retreat and incorporating a digital detox.
Just do you
It may sound a little cliche, but just put the phone down and live. Worry about what you are doing rather than what other people are doing. Who cares if Carol got a new cat, or if Sally’s car broke down. You’re on holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of life, why would you want to look at what other people are doing whilst attempting to enjoy yourself? It’s so easy to ‘quickly’ scroll Instagram, when in reality you spend a good 40 minutes pondering over other people’s lives. I find the best thing to do is put ‘aeroplane mode’ on and turn your screen brightness down as low as it can go. It may sound strange, but it really helps. If I can’t see what I’m looking at, usually I put the phone down rather than go back into settings and turn the brightness up again – same with aeroplane mode! So do yourself a favour, change up the settings, kick back and relax.
Good for the mind
It’s great for the mind – I’m sure this is something you’ve heard many of times. But it really is. I can’t help but feel that 80% of the reason people feel stressed these days is because they’re attempting to live up to false expectations set online. Social Media is a mine field of comparison, and whilst there’s obviously positives of using it, there can’t possibly be positives for using it all the time. I feel completely refreshed after a relaxing getaway and not looking at my phone.
So give it a go. Book a weekend away and just simply switch off. You won’t regret it!