Hi there! Long time no see! Sorry for being MIA the last week and a bit but yesterday was Digital Detox Day and before that, I was away on a family holiday in Wales. If you’d like to get some insight to what that was like, sign up for my newsletter where I will discuss my week with in-laws, vomit and a cake-stealing dog! All in the middle of buttf*ck nowhere and, yes, it really was that eventful.
So, normally the first Sunday every month is reserved for The Ramblings Book Club where I review last month’s book and introduce next month’s book. Unfortunately, this month has been a tad hectic so I’m behind on the reading. Sorry! But don’t worry, I’ll have it uploaded next Sunday, don’t you worry!
My Digital Detox Day
In the meantime, I wanted to talk to you about what I got up to yesterday. Yesterday was Digital Detox Day. I took the challenge to take a break from social media in an effort to improve my mental health. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. It has so many positives and benefits that I can’t imagine living without. However, it can also be a contributing factor to poor mental health. Scrolling through hundreds of pages of professional photos, people bragging or even complaining about their lives or just highly edited versions of real life, can make us feel like we’re not doing enough, not good enough, not pretty enough.
The campaign sets out to raise awareness of the negative impact social media can have on our mental health, and helps people to form healthier relationships with their devices. I saw this as an opportunity to put my phone down and be present. Just enjoy what was around me and the people around me, while giving my brain a break to just be IRL. To stay productive, I made plans for the day to do things I would really love to just be in the moment for. I have to admit, I really enjoyed the day, so I thought I would share my experience with you.
I Have an Unhealthy Habit
Normally, the first thing I do when I wake up is check my phone. Check the time, check the weather and then check my socials. It’s bad and unhealthy but I can’t help it. But, since it was Digital Detox Day, I didn’t touch my phone. Instead, I grabbed a book. I read about 3 chapters in bed with the curtains open, allowing the sunshine to beam through. It was so refreshing and I felt so content.
My First Mistake
As the day went on, I remember thinking, “This is easy! It’s like going on holiday! I’m really enjoying this”. Now, I’ll be honest. I didn’t totally abandon my phone. I still used it for phone calls (in case of emergency) and as a camera. This was my first mistake. I used the camera to take a picture of Olivia doing something cute, reviewed the photo, clicked the home button and automatically clicked onto Instagram. NO! It didn’t even take any thought. It was automatic like an instinct. I immediately clicked out of it once I realised but I couldn’t shake the feeling of shock that I had no control over my finger tapping that icon.
Hitchin Lavender Fields
I wanted to make sure I was busy on this day. Something we could do as a family that I could be 100% present in. So, we invited some friends of ours to join us at Hitchin Lavender Fields to get some adorable shots of our little ones amongst the sunflowers and lavender. It was beautiful! The weather was kind and it wasn’t too busy. It was roughly £5 each for us to get in and the kiddies were free.
I got to watch Olivia stomp, run, crawl and stumble her way through nature. Point at bees and chase Mummy. Run around in Daddy’s arms and get muddy knees in her white dress. I saw her explore the jungle of sunflowers without needing to hold Mummy’s hand. Most of all, I got to take some amazing pictures that I will treasure forever and I’ll be able to look back on them and remember the little details with no distractions.
As we left the farm (after saying hello to a horse and picking our own sunflowers) we headed to find food. Olivia got her nuggets and Mummy got her Starbucks. We then headed home to wash our dirty knees and head to bed.
What I’ve Learnt
- It is quite scary how we scroll and click through social media without any thought or decision making. I was also quite shocked at how much more time I had during the day because I never realised how much of my time it takes up. I was also, surprised to see how many times I reached for my phone to check socials before putting it back down again.
- Life really is about the little things and savouring those magical moments. As much as we brag on social media about how great our kids are (and there’s no shame in that) sometimes it’s just nice to BE there. To bank those memories for yourself, not Facebook.
- I think we could all use a Digital Detox Day a few times a year. I’m thinking about doing it over Christmas this year, to really soak up the festivities. I will definitely be doing it again.
To Sum Up…
Although this was quite a challenge for me, I found it quite liberating. I wasn’t scrolling through seemingly perfect lives or checking my stats. It honestly felt like I was a kid again. Growing up, I only had a phone for the school bus and during the summer holidays I would just watch TV, explore my hobbies and live in the moment. Apart of me felt like I was back there. I was watching TV without checking my phone at the same time, I was out in nature with my friends and I was soaking up every happy, magical moment. I think we could all use some of that in our lives.
So, tell me, did you take part in Digital Detox Day? If so, how did you spend it? Is Digital Detox Day something you think you would do again? Let me know in the comments.
Back to our regularly scheduled blog now! See you Thursday for a new Autumnal Recipe!