18726174_sIt might have been 2013 when I first did a “tech detox”.  I may not remember what I did, but still remember the feeling of that weekend; the documentation of it is probably floating out there in a prior blog that I’m too lazy to find.

Given how my body has forced me to slow down since I moved to Austin, it might seem strange that I should require more quiet time, but I can assure you that even though I’m not as physically active as I used to be, my mind is still often moving fast. It’s not quite in the overdrive it used to be—thank you consistent yoga practice—but I find that I still sometimes need a break from being on, whether in-person (i.e. I teach, coach, and network but am really very introverted!) or via online social media.

If you’re anything like me the idea of taking a weekend or even a day (as I do nowadays) to un-plug might raise your anxiety. This certainly happened for me the first time. You might also have the question, “what am I to do INSTEAD???”

Putting logistics aside for a moment*, I’d just like to share some of what my most recent detox day looked like. Maybe this will spark some ideas that would make even a half-day detox seem more do-able and less anxiety provoking. Trust me, once you get the hang of it, it will be well worth it!

  • Woke up naturally, without an alarm clock
  • Did a silent, slow, and short yoga practice
  • Savored my coffee and breakfast
  • Oiled my body (abyangha) and showered
  • Read part of the special MINDFULNESS issue of Time I picked up yesterday at Whole Foods (interesting note: most of what I help people do is in there!)
  • Considered a few difficult situations that have recently have disturbed my equilibrium
  • Practiced my Tai Chi form
  • Rehearsed for my Anxiety & Depression Workshop (twice!)
  • Continued reading my current book: Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche by Bill Plotkin, after donning a bathing suit and walking to the neighborhood pool that I’ve never used
  • Took a refreshing cool shower and did a face mask
  • Throughout the day, I made a (handwritten) list of anything that I needed to do once connected again—things that might have drawn me back to the laptop or to a device
  • Enjoyed a healthy lunch
  • img_1930Used some leftover melted chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries for my boyfriend
  • Got bored!
  • Drank a lot of water, including some infused with strawberries
  • Played with different ways to cook the sweet potatoes that were waiting in my fridge
  • Also made a nice dinner of scallops and broccoli rabe smothered in ghee
  • Journaled some of my thoughts, which turned into a few blogs (this and the prior one)
  • Started a new puzzle with my boyfriend
  • Did another silent, slow, and short yoga practice
  • Read a bit more before going to bed

*If there’s interest in topics like “what is off-limits during a tech-detox?” I’d be happy to share what I do.

What On Earth Does One Do While Detoxing from Technology?
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