Autumn is by far my most favorite season. I am taken away by the beauty of the woods in all of their colors and crisp cool air. As my birthday approaches I always take time to reflect on the past year, look ahead and try to take an honest look at areas in my life that need attention and change. This year I have decided to take a 5 day break from technology, go on a juicing cleanse and choose to not have my daily coffee that I have found is something I think I can not live without every morning.
So what’s your biggest vice? Don't you agree we have gotten over-consumed in technology? Are you eager for a break...an escape from it all?
Whether it’s driving too fast or eating too much junk food, many of us have at least one casual guilty pleasure that’s become a regular bad habit. For me, it’s a daily caffeine fix. I’m the first to admit my body craves caffeine everyday (one cup of coffee a day is apparently enough to form a physical dependence). Whenever I’ve gone without, I’ve experienced the headaches, lethargy and irritability that come from caffeine withdrawal. I’m addicted to the stuff, not that I intend to do anything about it.
But would you consider your use of personal technologies – devices like TVs, computers, tablets and smart phones – a vice? For the vast majority, the use of these technologies certainly qualifies as a regular habit.
Of course, a vice is more than a habit – it’s a bad habit. Traditional vices, like drinking or smoking, negatively impact the individual consumer, as well as the broader society. Can the same be said for using personal technology?
For one, staring at a screen for 8.5 hours every day is not the best recipe for good physical health. Such a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of several health problems, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and heart attack.
Heavy daily doses of technology aren't good for your mental well-being either. For example, people who spend too much time on social media sites often exhibit symptoms of depression, including disengagement, poor social skills and a weakened ability to empathize (fittingly coined “Facebook depression”). Children seem especially prone to the effects of personal technology.
As a entrepreneur who works from home I am in front of a screen hours everyday. But I question whether I am using my time wisely or should I prepare in advance what I need to do, turn on my pc, get it done and then walk away? As an active person it's the last thing I would want to teach my son that its ok or even good to constantly be on our technology devices what ever they may be. There is a world that needs to be explored and friends and family that need time.
My family and I are leaving Czech and going to our home in Romania until the end of the month. As I've written before it's my favorite place on earth. The natural beauty undisturbed, the fresh air and miles and miles of hiking trails right out of my back door. Not to mention the most wonderful people and culture.
So here's my plan for the next 5 days.
1. Turn off all technology devices, no checking emails, posting on fb, etc. If anyone needs me please send me an email and for my family they can call if it's an emergency
2. Reflect, Reflect, Reflect! enough said...
3. Meditate / Pray
4. Explore - Walking, Running, Hiking, Swimming
5. Juicing - I will let me digestive system rest and cleanse my body by only drinking freshly juiced vegies and fruits and drinking lots of hot herbal teas and water.
6. No Coffee... Besides coffee, technology is my only other vice... but I will be reflecting and thinking if there's others things to consider
7. Writing... I LOVE to write, both in my journal and in books I am working on... but for the next 5 days I will pulling out my trusty pencil and note book and finding a beautiful quite place in the valley or mountains to write with only the sound of nature and my pencil marking my paper
8. Spending time with my family uninterrupted
I believe that reducing the amount of time spent using personal technologies not only lessens these broader social and environmental impacts, but can also pave the way to a healthier lifestyle. To explore the effects of reduced usage, I’ve challenged myself to do just a 5 day cleanse. A cleanse to reflect on life, draw closer to God and redefine quality of life.
I will be posting a recap of my cleanse in detail on Monday so wishing you all a great 5 days and see soon friends. This is me signing off...
Lots of Love from Europe
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