Take a Digital Detox Day

 

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Today's Challenge - Take a Digital Detox

 A silly moment with my baby. They grow up WAY too fast! 

A silly moment with my baby. They grow up WAY too fast! 

 

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to go camping with my family and friends. As soon as we pulled into camp, signals went dead, and for 4 days I had very limited cell or wifi signal. 

 The kids took a break from their electronics too... AND had a blast! 

The kids took a break from their electronics too... AND had a blast! 

I’m not going to lie… At first I felt completely lost without the ability to even make or receive a phone call. What if there was an emergency? What if someone needs something? What if I’m missing out on something important? But something very liberating started to happen. I was fully present. I had no distraction to turn to in a moment of boredom. I was engaged in the moment. I noticed the birds chirping when I woke up in the morning. I rode bikes with my kids. I just enjoyed the day without thinking about my to-do list or making sure I got photos of every detail of my day to post on facebook. 

 Fun time with the little ones... I like this Auntie stuff! 

Fun time with the little ones... I like this Auntie stuff! 

I realized very quickly just how much I needed to take a digital detox every once in awhile. We all know the benefits of being able to stay connected, but I think we’ve become so addicted to always being plugged-in that sometimes we forget to just ‘stop and smell the roses’. We forget that we look at life just a little differently when we aren’t looking through the lens of our camera phone. We enjoy the moment knowing we’ll never have that exact moment again.

Today my challenge is this: either today or one day in the next week, take a day to disconnect from the digital world. I know this isn’t easy or even feasible to do during the work week for certain people, so if it doesn’t work for you to do this today, take a day over the weekend to do it. 

I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.