I, like millions of others, have a problem with constantly looking at my phone, checking all the social media apps I downloaded (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even email). This attachment with my phone and iPad has caused some friction between my hubby and I and I recognize that. So I decided that once hubby is home from work in the evening, my phone and the iPad go to the bedroom. This prevents me from even being tempted to pick it up. I have been doing this but still feel like my day is consumed by checking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I was just thinking recently, I really need to disconnect for a few days.
Yesterday, one of my fellow bloggers, Christine from love, life, surf, posted about National Day of Unplugging. This is a 24 hour period – running from sunset to sunset – March 1st to March 2nd, to unplug and instead of being connected to your computer or phone, connect with people in your neighborhood or city. Have an uninterrupted conversation or meal. Read a book or go do something outdoors. The project is an outgrowth of an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Is that odd or God?”? If you have been in the rooms of AA you have! Well, it’s usually God speaking and I’m always ready to listen. So I jumped to make the pledge to unplug. If I survive the 24 hours, I may start doing it once a week, just to reconnect with myself and my hubby. I’m not gonna lie, I do feel a little anxiety about it though and that’s just not healthy. I’ve done harder things, so I’m pretty sure I can do this! Oh, this is a disconnection from social media not necessarily phone calls or texts. It’s usually only my hubby or my boys that call or text me anyway. (Throwing my friends some hints)
Are you addicted to your phone, laptop, iPad? Could you unplug for 24 hours without having a panic attack?