If you tried it this weekend, I would be excited to hear about your experience! The funny thing about unplugging is, it isn't as simple as unplugging a lamp or a kettle. We can't just turn our brains off and stop our curiosity about what is happening in our inbox, social media threads etc. For many of my clients, they say a 15-minute scroll through their instagram feed feels like they are refuelling.
I think it is important we consider why we are unplugging and set realistic goals for ourselves in doing it. A few thoughts:
- It likely isn't going to be as easy as you might think. Your mind will wander to your email, social media thread, weather app etc. Practice compassion and forgiveness. In these moments, intentionally refocus on what you are doing.
- Do it with a purpose. What is it you want to be present for? If you have a clear goal, focus or intention, when your mind wanders it is easier to bring it back to the fun at hand.
- Set realistic expectations of yourself. If you have never been away from your phone, and check it regularly, perhaps start with 30-minutes. Work your way up to longer and longer.
- Create boundaries with others. If you are thinking of unplugging every Sunday morning before 10 am, communicate that to the people who normally reach out during that time. Then you won't feel like you missed a great invite (because of unplugging) or let others down - again practice compassion and forgiveness if guilt creeps in.
I would love to hear how it goes, if you give it a try!