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.Continue reading “It’s time for a digital detox”