“It’s half past six in the morning. I wake up to the sun shining on my face. I throw over a tunic, grab a cup of coffee and step onto the balcony. I inhale. I exhale. I enjoy the sun warming my face, the smell of freshly made croissants from the bakery across, the feeling of salt water in the air and the sound of sea gulls circling the roof. I feel free. I feel alive. “
My digital detox in Italy
Last weekend, when me and the mister went on a weekend getaway to Italy, I decided to go on a little digital detox. 2 days without my phone. Duh, no big deal. Or is it? I mentally prepared myself to take two days off from my beloved internet. I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to make it. And somehow me not believing in myself made me want to get through with this even more. So once we set off for Italy I turned off my mobile data and wifi, put my phone into my bag, stored my Macbook at home and stepped into the car feeling super motivated to ace that little challenge. Truth is, I kinda expected it to be a big deal. But you know what, it wasn’t hard. AT ALL! It literally was one of the easiest things I have ever done!
Before I went to Italy I’ve been suffering from a major creative slump. I didn’t want to write, had no inspiration to take pictures and was feeling depressed about my social media stats not looking like I wanted them to. I wanted more, and more, and more. I was obsessed! (Read more about Blog envy »here«) But in Italy I honestly didn’t waste a single thought on my stupid phone and the lame number in the corner of my Instagram profile. I didn’t care about the blog getting no visitors or my Facebook page not growing. I simply lived. And enjoyed every single second of it.
Life after the detox
And you know what… the creative juices came right back to me. I could think more clearly again. This made me see that I am so much more than the numbers on my social media profile or the visitor count on my blog. It has made me realize that sometimes you just gotta enjoy the beauty surrounding you as opposed to taking a picture of everything. And worst of all, it made me see how much valuable time I actually spend on my phone.
Above all it that struck me is how much better I sleep when I don’t use my phone right before going to bed. So now I want to incorporate digital detox into my daily life.That means from now on I’ll ban my phone from my bed. No more late night scrolling through Instagram, no more 2 a.m. Snapchat season and no more aimlessly browsing the internet out of sheer boredom. Also I wanna take a day off from the net every once in a while. Sure blogging is my job BUT y’all also get a day off from work so why wouldn’t I?
Furthermore I decided to quit obsessing over what’s going on online. Don’t get me wrong. I love the internet. It’s my happy place. My place to share my stories, create content, engage in discussions and be myself. But I don’t want to be throughly dependent on my phone. I don’t wanna be its slave. I wanna be my own boss. I wanna work, and create and hustle. But I realized that I can’t do that (creatively) if I’m continuously comparing myself to others.
In conclusion I can say that I definitely do not regret doing this digital detox. And if you’ve been thinking about doing one too then by all means DO IT. It made me realize that I love the internet too much to give it up for good. I love what I do. I love creating content, writing, publishing… I’m honestly living my dream. But it also made me see that I sometimes just gotta treat myself to some time off. For my sanity, my creativity and motivation.
Have you ever done a digital detox? If yes, what did you think of it? And do you plan to do one?