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Why I’m Breaking Up With My Phone

18/04/18

Taking A Break

Our holiday to the Maldives was my ideal break. A great balance of the things I needed to do, the things I wanted to do and a great amount of time spent away from social media – perfection. It was the perfect mix of time spent as a couple, time spent doing a little work (no one enjoys work guilt/FOMO and you have to stamp it out whichever way is best for you) and generally putting my phone down for large parts of the day.

Now honesty first here, I am not breaking up with my phone (no matter where I am) for days and days on end. For me that would involve essentially quitting my job and that’s obviously not going to happen. However, my recent thoughts on a healthier work/life balance, my struggles to cut my work days to appropriate hours, combined with my love for my job has heralded somewhat of a new era for me. I’m starting to feel happier, I feel more balanced and I am starting to take my own advice – social media is no longer my priority.

My mornings are no longer spent endlessly scrolling Instagram with my hair in a wet towel, my lunch breaks are no longer spent pouring over Twitter while rushing my food and my nights in with Alex aren’t competing with my phone being glued to my hand. It’s taken far too long to realise that in 10 years, social media is not what I will remember fondly, it’s the memories spent away from it that I will.

I am the first to admit I love social media and I love what my phone has the ability to do. It enables me at the click of a button, to keep in contact with my friends and family, as well as successfully run my brand while on the go. But I have a choice throughout my day, on when and how long to use it and I’ve been making the wrong choices. I choose to fill my time and my social feeds with people who I love, individuals who inspire me and accounts that motivate me to grow. The downfall of that choice, is I then often choose to spend too much time scrolling and not enough time noticing what’s going on around me – the truly important things. It isn’t productive, it isn’t good for your mental health and it can quite easily turn those initial feelings of inspiration and motivation 180.

Capturing the moment you’re in, is one of the many amazing things about having your phone with you 24/7. You then have a permanent reminder of an occasion (or a holiday) that you truly enjoyed and truly want to share with others, but I’m learning that once that scene is captured, it’s time to put the phone down. It’s time to have the courtesy and respect for the people you’re choosing to spend your time with, to actually spend that time in their company and not with a phone between you. I am of course as guilty as the next person of relying far too much on that little piece of technology, but the older I get the more I realise how stepping away from this addiction, is a win for both me and those around me.

It’s definitely far easier said than done when it comes to putting the phone down, but as someone whose entire life seems to revolve around social media, emails and my phone, I’ve really been making an effort to break up with my phone, especially in the evenings. My emails naturally lessen, my social media often slows down and my phone is often far quieter in general. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say however hard it seems, we need to take these breaks. Sometimes there are just too many Coachella pictures, far too much negativity and too many distractions to be of any true benefit to us. I’m committed to breaking up with my phone more and I’d love it if you’d join me.

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Do you think you could commit to less time on your phone too? I’d love to know if you’ve already made some changes and if you plan on making more time to experience real life instead of social media life when it’s appropriate.

Images taken at the beautiful Gili Lankanfushi resort in the Maldives.

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