One night, after getting thoroughly exhausted from counting sheep, it occurred to me that if Romeo and Juliet had cell-phones, they probably wouldn’t have died- one email, and the entire plan would’ve worked out. How great it is to have these gadgets to help us out everyday! But as is true for any other thing, excessive use of these digital devices can be very harmful for our health. A gadget-free routine of rising with the sun and sleeping without the distraction of internet has become impossible for most of us. We are glued to one digital screen or another all the time. And forgetting where we kept our cellphone (even when we weren’t going to use it) has become the ultimate panic. So roll those sleeves up and get ready to take this 30 day challenge of digital cleansing to squeeze out the time to do things you’ve always wanted to do!
Switch to an alarm clock
Yes, an actual clock and not a phone app. This way you’d get out of bed instead of scrolling through email or replying to text messages (I should also add taking woke-up-like-this selfies).
Reduce the amount of time you spend on social networking websites
If your studies or job require you to use computers, make sure these websites are NOT logged into in a background tab. If they are there, your fingers would automatically switch to them and it would be quite a while before you actually realize you are not working on that assignment anymore.
Limit the time you browse through Pinterest
As much as we all love Pinterest, it can also be a GREAT waste of time some days. I’m talking about the times when we spend more hours scrolling down the pins then actually making something. (Not many of us are going to build that fire pit in the backyard, but we read it all and pinned it!)
Take up a hobby.
Go outside and plant some roses or grab a new book from the library that you’ve been hearing a lot about lately (not Forty Rules of Love, please no!) Once you incorporate them into your routine, doing things in the real world would make digital devices seem like a waste of time.
Meet friends instead of texting.
Choose your favorite spot, or discover new ones, and meet your friends. Meeting someone once a week is way better than a text every other day.
No meals with a computer/ phone around
A snack to refresh yourself while working is a different thing, but making a habit of reaching for your cellphone on every meal is straight up bad. Reach for that salad instead!
Turn off the computer at least 2 hours before going to bed
This is especially very useful for those struggling with a messed up routine. A bright computer screen fools your body to believe the surroundings are still bright so it must be day and this disturbs the sleep cycle.
Enjoy the moment
The best way to truly capture a moment is to remember it, not uploading a picture to Facebook. We get caught up in trying get the perfect picture and forget to enjoy the moment. Next time you spot a beautiful flower, stop and smell it. You’d find plenty of pictures online.
If you know that staying home with all the distractions around makes it difficult to go on with the digital cleansing, go out- take a walk around the city.
No cell phones in bed
Just like computers, make sure the phone also stays away from your bed. Keep it in the furthest corner of the room so that you cant reach for it.
Incorporate these small lifestyle changes into your routine over 30 days and work on everything little by little. Start your day with the determination of living up to the day’s challenge and in 3 or 4 days when you have made it a habit, move to the next one. By the end of the month you’d feel a lot happier and actually healthier.
Enjoy the challenge, till next time!