The shopping, wrapping, stressing, partying, visiting FC, eating, drinking, slobbing, eating, drinking is OVER! Now it’s officially 1st January and we’re supposed to (if magazines, newspapers and adverts are anything to go by) be all about the 'New Year, New You' – because apparently 2017’s version of ourselves is no longer good enough...
In the past we’ve also put ourselves on various chocolate/booze/carb detoxes in January – as a punishment for enjoying ourselves over the festive period. HOWEVER since running our extremely powerful body positivity meet ups with the amazing Megan Jayne Crabbe and Nat Lee – we’ve embraced a completely different mindset about our bodies and don’t feel the need to punish them or change them just because it is January... instead the only detox we’ve decided to venture upon is our version of a DIGITAL DETOX.
Why Digital Detox?
As we’ve mentioned, many of our events that we have planned in 2018 are about taking time to slow down, self-care and mental health and to be honest, we feel that the idea of spending more time 'offline' goes hand in hand with these important topics.
Don’t get us wrong we love social media and we definitely couldn’t have set up Mum’s the Word or run it without it...BUT this detox is all about regaining some balance in our lives. To quote Tanya Goodin in her book ‘OFF’ it’s not that the digital world is bad, it’s almost that it’s TOO good. It’s enabled us to set up businesses around our kids, we’re not tied to an office or a location – we can check emails on the school run, which also means we can actually DO the school run and that is just fantastic BUT it also means that we can answer emails in bed before we go to sleep, we’re always ON; often slaves to our phones – ruled by every bleep, notification and alert. We know we’re guilty of checking it first thing in the morning and last thing at night and therefore we don’t give our minds a break - no wonder it’s affecting our mental health and physical well-being. And we also worry about the effect of social media on our children? We had 15-20 years of childhood before phones appeared in our lives but they are growing up in the midst of it all, is it damaging them too?
So starting today these are the small changes we are making to start our digital detox:
- We’ve bought an alarm clock and are banning phones from the bedroom (there will be no more late night/early morning scrolling) and we’re buying a book too...all recommendations very welcome.
- We’ll still be on instagram/facebook – we love it and the people we’ve met through these little squares, but we'll be putting the phones away at 8pm to encourage some wind down time before bed which doesn’t involve staring at a screen!
- Screen free Sunday – It's important to us to have slow, quality time with our families especially at the weekends, so on a Sunday our phones will be going away to encourage us to be fully present. Plus we miss reading the Sunday supplements and ever since we got into insta, we just don’t read them anymore.
- Unfollow the accounts that make us feel a bit shit. It's hard not to compare ourselves to the edited versions of peoples lives, so if there are accounts that give us that weird feeling of being inadequate or not good enough then it's time to hide or unfollow them. It's nothing personal, just taking control of how social media makes us feel and how we live our lives.
Things we want to do more of, when not on our phones:
- Reading - we both love a good book.
- Journaling (have always wanted to do this, never have time!)
- Run Every Day (RED) in January in aid of Mind (Laura) and getting back to a Pilates/Yoga studio (Natalie)
- Spending more time being ‘present’ with family and friends
So there we go, we’ve committed it to WORD now so we have to do it. We know how addictive social media can be but hopefully with some really clear boundaries in place it will make us more productive, less frazzled and happier.
SO who is with us? Do you fancy coming along for the #MamasUnplugged ride? Or is there anyone who is doing this already with some digital detox recommendations for us? Please do get in touch.
We’ll be posting hints, tips as we go (not after 8pm or on a Sunday though!) and we’ll also have some guest posts along the way. Plus keep your eyes peeled for details of our Mamas Meet Ups – providing opportunities for us all to connect with other Mums in REAL life and not just through our phones.
Over and Out. Happy New Year everybody xx