I Will Totally Do It Again
It's hard to make time for something like this. For most of us, our jobs and livelihoods depend on some form of technology — so to do this you'd need to take time off. However, I cannot recommend this enough, especially if you're going through a difficult time or a period of intense, chronic stress. Your health needs it.
All of this said, I didn't walk away from the experience thinking tech is evil. I still love all the incredible things my phone can do for me. I can stay in touch with my best friends, even though they live miles and miles away — and they are still involved in my everyday life because of technology. I can listen to saved voicemails from my late grandparents to feel like they're still with me, see the faces of my relatives who live around the world with FaceTime, and celebrate the accomplishments and life events of old college classmates on social media.
Technology can be absolutely incredible when used for good, but as I read in the book Off by Tanya Goodin (one of my "paper book beach reads"), when it's used as a crutch, it can weaken us.
I'm so grateful I took this time for myself to reevaluate my relationship with and dependence on tech, so I can have healthier boundaries and a less stressful life going forward. Maybe it's time for you to give yourself a mini detox, too? I promise, it's worth it!