Digital Detox At Restival

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Switching off your smart phone  or having a digital detox surely screams ‘behind on work’ ‘missed opportunities’ and – in both senses of the phrase – horrifyingly ‘out of touch’ or bring about a dreadful case of ‘FOMO’  It can’t be denied that this information is coming to you reading from a screen, seduced perhaps by an alluring picture on instagram.  We apologise – help is at hand.  Restival gives you have the opportunity to take these tiny steps to digital detox with our workshop, The Art of Disconnecting, led by the extraordinary coach Anne Loyd.

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It’s time to unplug folks.  There is a whole world out there and nature is ready to put on a wonderful display – all you have to do is log off and look up.

We humans quickly adapt to our surroundings, such as the head-spinningly swift technology advancements of recent times. On top of its obvious yet surprising usefulness, we’ve become a bit addicted because we love it.  In love technology and the nagging encouragement that social media in particular massages our personal and professional egos.  General wellness-sages tell us, quite rightfully (but in Restival’s case not righteously!) that being the constant victim of a digital interface is causing our bodies and relationships harm. Fortunately there are ways to get around the suffocation of digital overload with avoiding isolation detox-ville and remaining happy.

If you can find peace on a coastal haven arrived at in a flying tin can with an enormous engine, or practice yoga on a polystyrene mat, you’ll agree that tech can absolutely help us be calmer, happier people. So long as you retain some focus and control over what technology is really required for, a balance can be struck. Made up of energy and electricity we are, yes, but also of complicated organs, flesh and blood, that when we get stressed are affected. We can’t (and don’t want to) just switch off, like a device. It takes patience and application to find a calmer balance: just like the practice of yogic breathing or meditation, going to the gym, our diets or anything else, really. All we need is awareness of what we’re doing. So whatever it is you’re doing – do that.  Don’t think about what you’re going to do next or what you just did.  Then you’ll be aware of how much you use your phone.  Do you honestly need to check your phone on the Underground, where there is no signal? Daydreaming or doing nothing is quite a nice past time once in a while.

For most of us, technology plays a pivotal role in our happiness and wellbeing – as well as our careers. But when what nourishes us can all too often be the destroyer of our time, energy and health, it’s time to step back and reassess your patterns, usage and tendencies. The thought of a digital detox is many people’s worst nightmare; unplugging yourself from your smartphone, tablet or computer feels not just impractical, but impossible!  But logging off doesn’t need to mean losing out on knowledge and experience, it just means looking up and being aware of what’s going on around you.  Creativity is alive and well and not necessarily online.

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TIPS FOR DIGITAL DETOX

Recognise what you use technology for.

Separate business and pleasure clicking, scrolling, downloading, uploading. Grey areas are fine, but try to slim them down.

How many times do you check your device every day?

It’s an oldie, but none of us really follow it. Switch off your devices at least an hour before you go to sleep. In the desert, there’s no Netflix or Twitter: and you’ll sleep much better for it.

Your connection to society doesn’t need to be constant. Less is more. Leave your digital vices aside for hours and days at a time and their worth with increase in value to you. You’ll be richer when you aren’t greedy.

When having dinner with friends, everyone places their phone at the end of the table – the first to pick up and check their device pays the bill.  That’s a good one…..especially when there’s 20 of you!

More of this at Restival – Anne Loyd has some wonderful ways to access your creative spirit without the use of technology.  Nature’s a wonderful thing, she shouldn’t be ignored.