6 Reasons To Ditch Your Phone
I recently participated in Rob’s Blackout Trip in Ireland.
A Blackout Trip is where a group of people come together and “blackout” from technology.
We went seven days with no tech.
Here are my takeaways…
1. I use my phone as a safety clutch
I’m not historically one to go up to someone new and start a conversation.
When I’m in social settings where I don’t know anyone, I get nervous.
When this happens, I pull out my phone and pretend to look busy so I don’t look like a loner.
Pulling my phone out and pretending to be busy was not an option during Blackout.
Not having my phone to cling to forced me to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people.
This was hard at first, but doing so allowed me to make new friends.
It also made me question how many new friendships I’ve passed up as a result of having my head buried in my phone.
2. I felt more creative
Without mindlessly scrolling through my phone, I found myself being more creative.
My imagination came alive and I was suddenly making up storylines, plots and characters.
It was like I had all this creativity bottled up inside.
When the trip was over I went home and did some fun writing.
You never know what’s inside of you until you silence the noise around you.
3. I felt more confident in myself
Social media tends to make me feel bad about myself.
It makes me feel not pretty enough.
Not skinny enough.
I find myself striving to be something I’m not.
During my tech-free week, I felt more confident.
I was happy with my body for the first time in a long time.
I wasn’t constantly comparing myself to the Insta travel bikini babes.
4. I made deeper connections
Being offline allowed me to connect with myself.
I sat with my thoughts more.
I was more open to my feelings and dug deeper than I normally would.
I also connected deeper with others.
There were nine of us on the Blackout Trip and we spent our days doing activities, having deep conversation and sharing lots of laughs.
We all bonded in a way that I don’t think would have been possible had our phones been involved.
5. I was naturally more present
Not having my phone gave me the freedom to notice and savor life a little more.
I felt the peacefulness of nature.
I saw the beauty of the clouds, the trees and those around me
I was enjoying the beautiful details of life instead of swiping through it.
6. I slept better
Most nights I fall asleep watching Netflix or swiping through my phone.
When I do, it usually takes me 2-3 hours to fall asleep.
Not having Netflix or internet for a week helped me read instead.
Reading before bed allowed me to fall asleep significantly faster than looking at a screen.
I also slept through the entire night, so I was fully rested come morning.
All in all, I’m happier when I’m without technology.
While I can’t go completely tech-free all of the time since it’s a huge part of my work, there are things I can do. I can:
*Be mindful as to how and when I use it.
*Cut out the mindless swiping and only use social media with intent.
Doing these things will take conscious effort and I’m sure it will take work.
But, cutting back on phone time will make me happier, more present and more productive.