Technology Fasting

Slow Down and Simplify

Modern living can really stress you out, especially with all the electronic distractions now at our disposal. So how can you change your life in a way to live a calmer, more peaceful existence? This article is intended for everyone, but especially people who spend a lot of time feeling too charged up and an abundance of nervous energy.

Start by assessing how you spend the bulk of your days. For example, in your honest opinion, do you think you may be facebooking too much or otherwise frittering around on the Internet? If so, you are not alone. Many people nowadays feel that they spend too much time online. Try to get outside more. Call a friend. Even consider going on a temporary "technology fast."

If you spend too much time online in general, you might find yourself getting a bit “rusty” at more traditional modes of communication. You can also start to feel a bit lonely after a while, because if you’re not communicating with enough people face to face (or even by telephone), you might really start to miss that personal touch that we all need to feel emotionally healthy and strong. Social isolation can lead to depression if you aren’t careful. So get out and take a walk! Breathe in the fresh air and take in the sights. Step away from screens of all kinds, at least for a while (this includes portable screens like cell phones).

The next time you go on vacation, even if it’s just for a weekend, consider leaving your phone (and even your kindle or iPod) behind. In other words, take a vacation from everything, not just your job. Go cold turkey (just for a while) when it comes to all things electronic. You might be surprised at just how refreshing and rejuvenating it can be to take a break from technology and reconnect with nature and your loved ones. You may even decide that you want to do it more often, and that’s great! 

It’s healthy to take genuine, full vacations instead of partial, still wired ones. After all, when you bring some or all of your telecommunications equipment with you, how much of an authentic vacation can you really have? You’ll constantly be checking your email and your facebook page, and that is precious, irretrievable time that you could instead be spending hanging out face to face with the people who love you and miss you because of all the time you spend staring at one kind of screen or another.