Earlier in the month I decided I needed a break from life (both online and offline) and decided to book a log cabin in the middle of the countryside for a week away from it all. Just me, the husband, the dog, and a hot tub (did I mention the cabin had its own hot tub!).
I was just starting to feel like my life was getting too much, with working full time and running two blogs I never stopped staring at a screen (whether a computer or phone). I was coming home from work and going straight on the computer for a couple of hours to do blog work and then I still didn’t stop and would spend the rest of the evening half watching TV and half checking my phone. Don’t get me wrong I love blogging, and wouldn’t change my spot on the internet for anything. But sometimes never being able to switch off takes its toll. Therefore the idea of a week with no internet or phone signal sounded ideal and the perfect opportunity to actually spend time with my husband (who I hardly ever see).
I have to admit I did feel a bit anxious before we went, the thought of not being able to pick up emails or check twitter did have me a little worried. I also forced myself to work extra the week before to make sure I still had content going live when I was away, and I spent a good few hours scheduling tweets to keep promoting my blog when I was away. At the same time, I was getting organised at my day job for taking annual leave. This meant I really was ready for a break when it came. It’s funny how just the thought of not having your phone can panic you, I remember it wasn’t that long ago that I would happily leave my phone at home.
So how did I cope without the internet for a week? The answer is surprisingly well, I think because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get online and had planned my digital detox I was able to cope with it. I know sometimes when you go places without any signal it can be a bit stressful, especially if you need to connect to do work etc. I was able to switch off as soon as we arrived and settled into our cabin. A week of doing nothing but relaxing, no clock watching, no constant emails and notifications, just spending time together was just what both of us needed. We spent the week walking the dog and relaxing in the hot tub. There is something so relaxing about not having to live to any kind of schedule, we could get up whenever we wanted, go for a walk come back and spend time in the hot tub before lighting the fire and settling in for the night. I didn’t take many photos, as it wasn’t that kind of break, but thought I would share a couple with you (and yes that is my dog in a tree)
I think sometimes it’s really important that we just find the time to switch off and enjoy the world around us. We don’t need to constantly be on twitter and you don’t have to respond to that email straight away. We’ve all gotten too used to instant communication and have forgotten what it is to wait for a reply and remember that there is a real person at the other end. I highly recommend planning a digital detox for yourself, it doesn’t have to be a week away in the middle of nowhere, although I would say that’s pretty great. A couple of hours once a week will do, just turn your phone off and go outside for a walk or something you love without any distractions.