If you’ll ignore the less-than-creative title for a moment…
I’ve been noticing that a lot of the time when I’m feeling anxious, or even depressed, it’s a direct result of something I read or saw online. These days in America, one can find perfect examples of the kind of negativity I’m thinking of. Some are saying that we are so close to a civil war, that it’s practically here. I was just on the phone with my mom, who began giving me her doomsday predictions. My husband has even told me that we need to start stocking up on things like ammunition and non-perishables.
I think what we all need is a temporary detachment from all of our media sources. As a matter of fact, a daily break wouldn’t be a bad thing, from the one device that gives us over 90% of our information: our cell phones.
I’ve only been trying this since yesterday. But I am hopeful that by the end of the week, I will see positive changes in my daily mood and energy. The trick is to stay completely off of any phones for at least one hour each day, for one week. However you need to accomplish this is up to you.
You could take a walk, run errands, do some chores… If you’re like me, you enjoy an occasional afternoon nap. Or maybe you’d prefer to do this in the morning, which your schedule allows. Wake up early, enjoy the sunrise, and maybe cook a nice, light breakfast, all before you even pick up your phone. (Unless you’d have to use your phone as an alarm. That is obviously acceptable.)
This also includes watching the news or anything negative on Tv. Try to avoid watching it all together but if you must, watch something that will better your mood and create positive energy — Like a comedy show or a movie based on an inspiring true story.
If you are someone who is addicted to your phone, there’s no shame in that. This is what our society has done to a lot of us. It just means that you mauy need to take more drastic measures in keeping your phone away from you. Have a friend or significant other hide it from you, somewhere you wouldn’t suspect. Put it somewhere where it will take work to retreive it. Or if possible, you could turn the phone off and give it to someone that you trust to bring it back to you in an hour or so.
If you choose to do this challenge, remember: I am doing this challenge at the same time you are. I’m not trying to be a know-it-all. The examples I gave are merely suggestions. If you would like, let me know in the comments if my examples were helpful or not and that will be used for future reference. Remember also that it’s a challenge, after all. If you fail, don’t worry! You can always try again until you succeed!