New website, who dis!? (last post)

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Dear readers… 

This will be my last post on this blog.

But, this isn’t goodbye.

For the past few years, I have shared my passion for all things digital wellness, digital minimalism, and my journey towards developing a healthier tech-life balance right here at this tiny corner of the Internet.

I killed my phone. I quit social media for three years. I challenged myself to put my devices away at 8pm for a month. I radically changed my relationship with technology.

What started as a personal journey has grown into something bigger. I’m now practising as a digital wellness coach with one simple goal: to help others (re)discover the pleasures of the offline world.

In September, I enrolled in a digital wellness coaching training course from Consciously Digital, the only ICF-certified digital wellness course. I will be officially certified in March 2021!

I even joined Instagram. *gasp!* People who need to hear the message of digital wellness the most would be on social media, right? (p.s. Instagram’s addictive design is REAL and I hate it there, but bigger plans.)

I say all that to say…

You can now follow my digital wellness journey as a digital wellness coach on the following platform:

  • Subscribe to my new website mehretbiruk.com for all future blog posts and to learn more about my work.

That’s all!

Bye now… 🙂

31-day challenge of no devices after 8 PM

A new month, like the new year, brings about new possibilities and opportunities to commit to a habit change.

Towards the end of last May, I committed to follow a morning and night routine for 31 days to bring about a much needed structure to my days in quarantine. A relatively simple change to my daily routine automatically snowballed into other positive habits.

Within a week, I decided to give up alcohol until my birthday, which was 25 days away. I was drinking almost every day since the quarantine began, and quitting alcohol was a much needed break. 

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Be informed, stay sane: Digital wellness in the era of COVID-19

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What’s hoarding toilet papers got to do a fatal flu virus outbreak? Good ol’ media.

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Imagine this.

The year is 2020. A flu virus, the deadliest in history, by the name of coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected and wiped out 99.9 percent of the world population.

At the same time, aliens decide to pay our planet a visit. At arrival, they find the streets strangely quiet, shops, restaurants, cafes, and stores shut down. As they make their way from one house to the next, the aliens discover bodies after bodies. What’s more strange is the piles of items, labeled toilet paper, they discover in every house.

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Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump

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Have you ever read something online, be it a Facebook post or a blog post, that made you feel extremely irritated and annoyed?

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Lessons from two and a half years without social media

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This post is for anyone who is considering quitting social media, curious about deleting their social media accounts, and/or is just intrigued about what life is like without social media in the 21st century.


Roughly two and a half years ago, sometime in June 2017, I deleted my last standing social media account, Twitter.

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How to stay connected post-social media

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It has been approximately two years and three months since I deleted my last standing social media account, Twitter, and embarked on living without social media.

While I am by no means an expert on how to maintain an exuberant social life, I have managed a modest social life post-social media despite not being so good at maintaining constant communication with people.

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It’s time for a digital detox

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These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes.

Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn’t have the energy for. So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day to escape the discomfort of dealing with my reality.

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The internet provided an easy and fast escape from my emotions.

I unblocked Safari. I binged on articles, blogs, forums, and YouTube videos for hours. I stayed up all night on my phone until I fell asleep from exhaustion. I relapsed to being an information junkie.  

My phone became an emotional crutch, dutifully providing comfort and escape, one article (and another inspiring blog post!) at a time.

I wouldn’t have been inspired to write this post if it didn’t dawn on me yesterday that I’m experiencing physical effects from my excessive digital use. 

My eyes feel strained. I feel lethargic. I have constant minor headaches. I feel aimless if I’m not glued to a screen. I can’t fall asleep without my phone. Few of the many reasons I have been practising digital wellness for the past few years. 

I knew it was time for a digital detox.

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Laugh or log off

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Once upon a time, when a fan accused Rihanna of being insensitive for a meme she shared on her Instagram, Rihanna responded with, ‘laugh or log off.’

Discovering this gem a few days ago reminded me of another one from Tyler, The Creator. He tweeted,

Hahahahahahahaha How The F**k Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha N***a Just Walk Away From The Screen Like N***a Close Your Eyes Haha.

— Tyler, The Creator.

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Without minimizing the issue of cyberbullying, Tyler, The Creator had a point that completely changed the way I viewed my relationship with social media.

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Event recap: Practising digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture

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Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.

— JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, THE MINIMALISTS

This past weekend, Toronto’s Digital Minimalism Meetup Group held our second event, practicing digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture.

The event centered around discussing the challenges of the digital world and practical ways to implement digital minimalism to fit our lifestyle.

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