Knowing when to switch off

 

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Sometimes I just want to throw my phone in the ocean and experience the weight of connectivity, responsibility and obligations lift off my shoulders. But would it actually work? Lately I have been coming back and back to that famous quote ‘There is no WIFI in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection’ and thinking about what this means to me.

On some days the urge to completely disconnect from everyone is pretty damn strong, from the notifications, emails and phone calls to the group chats and friend suggestions. I hide my phone in my room on silent for as long as I can and try to disengage, to spend time in ‘reality’, but then catching up on all the notifications when I pick the phone up again takes longer than if I had of viewed them in real time! It’s a no-win situation.

I think the answer might be in the balance. Yes, I can take time out and enjoy being in the present, engaging with people without the distractions of electronic devices. I can take time out to read my book, walk on the beach, play with animals and help my Nana with the housework. But at the same time, I can also stay connected with people in different cities, collate images I love which inspire me to dream big, and write my own thoughts down in the form of this blog.

Yesterday I went to the beach for my usual afternoon walk around dusk. I usually leave my phone in the car so I can listen to the ocean, but this time I took it with me so I could listen to some Ben Howard while walking. Instead of being able to live in the moment and enjoy nature, I found myself distracted by my apps and ads on Spotify, resulting in a very frustrating experience. I believe the importance of knowing when to switch off is paramount to being happy and truly living in the moment, and I’ve definitely learnt my lesson now!

Try it out as soon as you can – the more you switch off the more you will tune in to who you truly are and what you care about. And always remember, it’s about balance. Yin and Yang.

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Photo credits – earthspirit & meditation_inspiration

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