THE FREEDOM OF SWITCHING OFF
Being a blogger and sharing the benefits of internet-free days seems a little crazy but I really do champion the power of switching off. After all, too much of anything is never a good thing. Unless it’s chocolate and even that’s not advised!
So after spending a few days in Dorset and being offline, I thought I’d share a few of the positives I found from disconnecting. I call it the joy of missing out because switching off enables us to be fully present in this amazing world.
I sometimes grab my iPad to quickly check something and two hours later I’m still there. Know the feeling? The internet seems to eat time and when we switch off we can claim it back. Having a few internet-free days helps me to get stuff done and the slower pace makes me feel calm and rested. I also find when I’ve taken time-out I’m less likely to check my phone the following day. It serves as a reminder that the real world is worth my full attention.
Sometimes we need to disconnect to reconnect with the people and the world around us. The internet is a fantastic place to meet like-minded folk but nothing beats spending time with the people who make us happy. When I’m with family and friends I put my phone away, after all, nothing on the internet is more important than the person or people I’m with.
DE-STRESS AND REFOCUS
There are many amazing benefits to being online. However, too much screen time and skipping and scrolling from one thing to the next can make us feel busy and restless. Editing out the noise by taking a digital detox helps us to relax, recharge, reset and refocus. And less internet means less comparison or desire to keep up with the Joneses, which is always a good thing!
MOTIVATION AND CREATIVITY
Switching off is empowering because it enables us to look inward at what we want from life. I always feel energised and motivated when I take time off and it helps me to find balance and see the bigger picture. I like the phrase creation over consumption because I certainly find my creativity flows when I switch off. I struggle to develop ideas if I’m drowning in a sea of noise and I’d rather my inspiration came from my relationship with the real world than the online one.
These images are stills from a 4k film I shot in sunny Bournemouth earlier in the month. I took my life into my own hands when I walked onto the beach clutching a piece of bread. I’ve no idea how seagulls can spot food at such great distance but they flocked like vultures enabling me to shoot 4 films. It was fun and I think they enjoyed it too! You can read more about 4k photography here and on my previous posts where I captured my niece blowing bubbles, falling pebbles, a fast moving weir and a stunt strawberry.
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