Unplugging From the WorldJul 13, 2021
Unplugging From The World
By Tiffany Patterson
It's no surprise that most of us are addicted to technology and being plugged into the World...
But how can you unplug from a world that's completely plugged in?
technology has many benefits to its new advances. Being able to work from home during a pandemic. Easy access to groceries and other household items for those moms who have a lot on their plates. The ability to virtually travel the World and learn other cultures' traditions with the click of a button and so much more.
But do you have healthy boundaries with technology?
Did you know that being plugged into technology can really impact your mindset?
As a mompreneur, who works from home with online practice, I want to dive into to actually unplugging from the World through technology, in a world that thrives off technology.
Address your Mindset;
- it's important to be clear on WHY you are wanting to unplug from social media. This is something that is outta the norm these days, so people are really going to be curious about why this is something you are wanting to do, and that's okay!
- What are your biggest triggers with technology?\
- What habits have you noticed that you are wanting to break?
- What patterns have you seen with your family and their connection to technology?
What fears do you have unplugging?
Do you have some FOMO happening just thinking about unplugging? Make a list of some fears presenting when you think about unplugging.
- What emotions are coming when you look at these fears individually?
- Do you feel like people won't want to work with you because you don't respond to their direct message instantly?
Now that you have brought these fears to the surface, let's destroy and uncreate these patterings, and do some emotional clearings here.
Let's get intentional. Not all of us can totally unplug from technology, not that we would want to lol, so let's focus on being intentional with how we use our technology, rather than trying to remove it.
- Triggers! Stop seeking out your triggers! We all know what our triggers are. Ya know, those things (or people) that irk us. So why do we seek them out online when we know it’s just going to send us spinning?
- inconvenience is key. The tricky thing about technology is that it’s created to be convenient and distracting. In order to unplug, you have to make it inconvenient to access. Delete your apps for the weekend or have someone change your password.
- Set expectations. Of course, one of the hardest things about unplugging is setting expectations with other people. Let them know your boundaries. People may think it’s odd, but you might inspire them with your actions if they see it’s working for you.
- Plug into what matters. “Unplugging is an act of separating ourselves from what doesn’t align with our values and our heart-centered desires.” - Caroline Makepeace If we’re going to unplug, it’s important to plug into something that matters. When you unplug, you’re giving yourself permission to focus on the things you actually want to focus on.
So let's talk about the things you can do once unplugged.
Now that we have talked about the why's on unplugging, let's talk about the things you can do instead! We talked about those intentions, and what we are actually wanting to do with our time. Schedule those things in your calendar and set the time aside to do it!
Below is a list to help get you going on intentional things to do while being unplugged.
- Dance party
- Cook something new
- Read a book
- Have a conversation
- Spend time in nature
- Get artistic
- Create a vision board
- Clean and declutter your house
- Pick a new hobby
- Go to the library
- Go out for a meal
- Do some self-healing
- Play a board game
- Have a pamper day
How to unplug in your everyday life
If you feel like a day isn't enough, you can implement detoxes in your daily life. Here are some ideas:
- Have lunch without technology
- Stay away from your phone an hour before and after sleep
- Schedule 30-60min after work to settle down
- Schedule time to be on social media
- One screen turned on at a time.
By scheduling your online and offline time, you set boundaries for yourself, which gives you structure and peace. Be disciplined with it and it will become a habit.