We’ve all thought of having a media detox. Turning everything off and letting the world pass us by sounds amazing.
Well, I have a confession. I’ve done that. It’s been so many years that I don’t remember when I started it but I turned off the news and I haven’t gone back. I’m still informed. I have trusted online sources that I check now and again but there is simply no need for me to watch the NEWS.
Between Facebook Twitter and Instagram, if it’s special I hear about it.
Earl Nightengale said that it’s our greatest resource and a true miracle. He was talking about our minds. We need to use them.
To that end I told my kids about three weeks ago that this would be a limited TV, computer, video, plugged in anything summer. They were instantly horrified.
Yup. No tv. No phone. No insta-anything.
Which isn’t the same as stepping away and coming right back. It’s more of a conscience decision to filter what you are paying attention to. My purpose wasn’t to deprive them but to make them hyper focus and be aware instead of passive.
One week into this and it’s going beautifully.
Tyler has researched and picked the project of an etsy store. Hand stamping silly tags and jewelry. He’s got a goal of making some money and learning to hustle.
Katie is putting together a book of poetry. Bitchy poetry. It’s all teen angst and hormonal ranting. It’s brilliant. I saw her drawing earily. I’m so proud. (it was of a middle finger of course.)
Yes, I just bragged openly on my kids but I want you to realize all the time and emotional energy you give to keeping up with the news. Or in their case, binging on Netflix, playing mindcraft while on google hang out for close to eight straight hours a day.
Realize that you will not be left out of a major loop.
You might miss personal family moments if you go longer than three days on Instagram or Facebook but mass shooting and other horrors will still find you. So balance this with limiting yourself to a 30min check in once a day or every other day. The point isnt’ to stop being a friend but to stop letting modern tools waste your time and emotions.
Turn off the TV.
Limits are easier than you think. Try one something but make sure it’s just one show and not one sit down. I personally can sit down and binge watch a season so I know what I’m talking about. Just one.
Put on some music.
It engages different parts of your brain. Makes everything more fun.
Set some goals and get to projects.
You’ll have more time that you realized. This is both wonderful and frightening. Learn to knit or go skydiving. Start those yoga videos you bought a year or ten ago.
It’s not just for people in school. Winners read. Successful people read. It’s just that simply. Want to be successful? Start reading. Daily.
I like a Bible Study app. but whatever floats your boat. Good no matter what kind of diet you’re on. I often times combine connectinc spiritually with reading and love authors like Joseph Prince, John Maxwell or Joel Osteen.
With all this in mind, set a timeframe and give yourself enough time to get over the empty feeling of not quite being connected to the world around you. I promise once you’re in the swing of this you’ll not miss how things used to be and your brain will thank you. Anxiety and fear should lesson because they are no longer being fed daily. Your mind body and spirit need this.