These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes. Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn’t have the energy for.
So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day to escape the discomfort of dealing with my reality.
The internet provided an easy and fast escape from my emotions.
I unblocked Safari. I binged on articles, blogs, forums, and YouTube videos for hours. I stayed up all night on my phone until I fell asleep from exhaustion. I relapsed to being an information junkie. My phone became an emotional crutch, dutifully providing comfort and escape, one article (and another inspiring blog post!) at a time.
I wouldn’t have been inspired to write this post if it didn’t dawn on me yesterday that I’m experiencing physical effects from my excessive digital use.
My eyes feel strained. I feel lethargic. I have constant minor headaches. I feel aimless if I’m not glued to a screen. I can’t fall asleep without my phone. Few of the many reasons I have been practising digital wellness for the past few years.
I knew it was time for a digital detox. Continue reading “It’s time for a digital detox”