I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. It’s certainly been a hot one. I’m working in my office today with one eye on the window hoping to see some rain. I wish I had a magic wand to roll back the destructive effects of climate change.
Five benefits of a summer digital detox
I usually take a step back from the online world during July and August. The time away helps me to silence the noise and distraction, so I can hear my inner voice and make some autumn plans. I love to switch off – I always feel energised and motivated on my return.
This summer, I’m taking the majority of august offline. So far, I’ve popped in from time to time when I have something to share, but I’ve resisted the urge to consume social media content. Here are a few benefits I’ve experienced while taking my annual summer digital detox.
The benefits of a summer digital detox
I think it goes without saying that social media can be a huge time waster. When I switch off, I’m amazed at how much time I have. It encourages me to fill my precious days with healthier and more fulfilling pursuits.
There are many benefits to being online, but too much scrolling can sometimes have an impact on how I feel. I find that when I stop looking at the lives of others, I’m more grateful for my life just the way it is. I also find a break from the news can help me to focus on what’s good in the world, rather than feel helpless by the things I can’t change.
It’s easy to be swept away by the paths, dreams and goals of others, especially when we’re consuming a lot of online content. Taking time off enables me to listen to my heart and intuition and make plans that align with my values, passion and purpose. I also have more creative ideas when I step away.
One of the biggest things I notice when I’m taking a summer digital detox is my thoughts are no longer centred around something I’ve seen online. By removing the continual stream of information, I can quieten my mind. I love to live at my own natural pace – switching off supports this intention.
Taking time off helps me to reset the balance and protect my boundaries. When I return, I find I’m more mindful of what I’m consuming. I tend to unfollow accounts that no longer add value or bring joy, and I’m less distracted by my phone.
A family wedding and a modern forest cabin
If you’d like to see some of what I’ve been doing over the summer, here’s a short vlog of my travels. This is the first time I’ve captured a holiday on film. I hope you enjoy it!