August 28, 2019 Sao Lourenco Do Barrocal
Why I Put Away My Phone
This vacation to Portugal was all about signing off, signing off of email, instagram and texts as much as we possibly could. It was the first time in a long time that Guillaume and I really felt like we could disconnect. For me, it was trying to find the right balance, after all instagram is a crucial part of my business and I love sharing my experiences with you, so I don’t find it necessary to do a complete social detox when I’m away. However, like I said it’s about finding the balance…
Some of the key things I did were fairly simple and easy to get into habit with. I found I could capture the moment quickly, put my phone away and not post any stories until the next day. We would also make a point to keep our phones far away from our beds so when we woke up, we just laid there with the patio doors open and took it all in. We didn't really look at our phones until way after breakfast...a big change for us. We were constantly on 'do not disturb mode', I text no one back (sorry friends) and would only check emails at the end of the day and get back to ones that were urgent. We gave ourselves 15 minutes and that was it, I even threw a timer on. We spent a lot of time and money to make our little vacation happen and we knew we had to live in the moment to appreciate it properly. It was so refreshing to do this for a week, I think when we constantly check our phones we end up feeling more anxious and cloudy. Our minds get overwhelmed and it's hard to focus on what we actually want to be doing. I can't believe making this small little changes with our phones help clear our minds. We both really want to make an effort to do these mini detoxes more often and be less attached to getting back to everyone so quickly. What are your thoughts on social detoxes?