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… 🙂

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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It’s time for a digital detox

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Photo by Sharon Pittaway on Unsplash

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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Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

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Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

Isn’t it ironic that there are apps designed to help us navigate our addiction to the digital world? Fight fire with fire, I guess.

Anyway, as mentioned in previous posts (here for instance), it is entirely impossible for me to use willpower or self-control to manage the time and energy I spend on mindless online activities.

The brain wants to avoid discomfort as much as possible so it will coax us back to the couch, our screens and comfort.  In comparison to digital distractions, everything else seems to require far too much effort.

It is simply too enticing to be idle and scroll through easy entertainment for instant gratification than to get up and do things that require effort, no matter how beneficial they may be.

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The joy of missing out

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A while back, I was at a nightclub slightly drunk and perfectly content to be in an establishment that encourages bad decisions when I experienced the joy of missing out.

My favorite songs blasted out of the speakers at deafening levels while bodies pushed against one another and drinks were spilled at an alarming rate.

At some point, between dancing and feeling good, I noticed some people on their phones scrolling through pictures and watching videos.

A thought occurred to me.

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I would hate to be bombarded with information about what other people, most of whom I have probably never even met, were doing with their Saturday night while I’m in the middle of enjoying my evening.

I imagined watching my Snapchat feed, or Instagram story, of people who might have been dressed better, surrounded by more people, or doing anything else that indicated they were having a better time than I was.

I was instantly grateful to not have access to that. I enjoyed my night as it was, without comparison or feeling I missed out on something better, something more, somewhere else.

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Setting boundaries with technology

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This post is inspired by a post on the Human Tech community forum titled, how I went offline (mostly).

In the post, the person offers four stages for going internet-free in most areas of our lives. The first stage they propose is to “establish a place for the internet.”

Simply put, set boundaries between yourself and the online world.

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Although I have come to the realization that digital tools aren’t the problem, it’s still important to establish routines and structures that help us avoid compulsively reaching for our devices, mindless browsing the internet, and engaging in online activities that bring minimal value to our life.

Setting boundaries can help us use these tools for their practical purposes, and not for escapism or to avoid real life.

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Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

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Addiction, for the most part, is escapism.

Most addictions are the result of individuals trying to escape the unappealing realities of life, be it pain, loss, emotional turmoil and suffering. Pretty much anything can become an addiction, including alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and video games, if used excessively as a coping mechanism.

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Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

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Once upon a time, a high school student tells a group of her peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time. She explains that she is spending too much time on social media, comparing herself to people online.

Everyone nods in agreement relating to the side-effects she listed for her decision.

‘What do you do instead?!’ one peer asks, ludicrously.

We all laugh.

Most of us turn to our digital devices often because the alternative sucks.

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45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

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I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have time to follow my blogging schedule and post an article yesterday.

Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a list of How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You, which includes what to do, how to do it, and why.

The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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