Interestingly, I've found workarounds that work well for me, and don't make wifi an absolute requirement. Primary of which is I have the internet all day every day at work. I have cellular on my smartphones and iPad to check email. I'm now an "old school" DVD Netflix subscriber. I am getting an HD antenna to watch the primary networks for free. I'll visit wifi to download episodes of my favorite shows onto my iPad to watch later offline. My house is a place of rejuvenation. A place where I have become more mindful. A place where I feel I have a choice on checking my technology or not. And sometimes I do not. Now that I have created such space in my life, I don't want to go back.
Arianna Huffington has been talking about this for a year now. Darling, you can have a meal or watch a sunset without Instagramming it. In her case, she literally passed out from exhaustion leading to a broken jaw and stitches, and it led to her digital detox break from technology on a vacation to Hawaii. Talk about a wake up call.
She brings up interesting points as well...seeing parents on their phones instead of interacting with their children. Darling, they are growing up, you can never get this time back. It's what I've found from my own experience. Disconnecting from technology has actually led me to be more connected in all of my personal relationships. I am restored enough that when I do have "connected time", I can pour more of myself in. Because there's balance. "Taking care of yourself is not just a luxury, it's a necessity" she says.
There's a lot of imbalance when it comes to technology. How are you staying balanced? What steps do you take to disconnect?
Infographic courtesy of Mind Valley Academy.