This weekend I undertook a little experiment – I switched my mobile phone off and banned myself from using the internet. A weekend of no texts, no social media, no online window shopping; just good, old-fashioned time at home. I’ve been working flat out this month, and this weekend was the only plan-free weekend I had in my diary for pretty much the rest of the year, and I wanted to keep it that way to preserve both funds and my sanity!
For some reason that I’m not quite sure of, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about childhood summers and the way my friends and I used to keep ourselves entertained. I come from the last generation to remember life before the internet, and whilst I think the web is an absolutely fantastic tool for pleasure, learning and business (let’s face it, I wouldn’t have my job without it as most of my work is web video based), I also know how easy it is to lose hours to it with little to show in return. Equally, I’m a massive fan of social media and blogs, but I really felt like I wanted to take a break from it all, just for a couple of days, to see how it felt. I do not spend abnormal amounts of time on the web, but I am somebody who feels lost without my iPhone and refreshes Facebook on my lunch breaks to catch up with my news feed, so to remind myself that it’s OK to not be surgically attached to a smartphone in my time off from work is, I feel, a healthy thing to do.
The results? This weekend I watched four films, read two books and began a third, and batch cooked our meals for most of the week ahead. All in one weekend. By Sunday evening, I felt incredibly rested, reinspired and reinvigorated. I’ve been complaining lately that I never seem to have time to read or watch as many films as I’d like, but really I just needed to make the time and, more importantly, the head space. It’s certainly something I will do for my own self-preservation again.
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