I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with my workload as a Los Angeles based life coach and in need of an extended break!
So, I challenged myself to unplug from emails and social media for not only 24 hours, but for 7 days, over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It seemed like the perfect time to experiment.
I had just completed a 3-week stretch of one project after another and I was overdue for a much needed break! My kids were off of school as well and I was hitting the road for a trip up the coast to visit with my sisters. How hard could this be, since I clearly WANTED the break right? As a life coach, I work with my clients to quiet their minds, so I should be able to Practice what I Preach, right?
I will fill you in on the details of MY challenge LATER in this post…but FIRST check out the results from a recent GLOBAL study which challenged students to unplug for 24 hours.
The study was conducted by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) in partnership with the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change.
This new study asked close to 1,000 students in ten countries on five continents – from
Chile to China, Lebanon to the USA, Uganda to the United Kingdom – to abstain from using all media for a full day. After their 24 hours of abstinence, the students were then asked to report their successes and admit to any failures. for the full report go to: http://theworldunplugged.wordpress.com.
WHAT DID THEY REPORT?
- They felt addicted to social media and emails. Being unplugged created withdrawal symptoms as well as feelings of depression, anxiety and lonliness.
- Going without their phone felt like they lost a piece of themselves, the phone literally felt like an extension of their being.
- Many were unable to go the FULL 24 hours unplugged.
- Going unplugged not only encouraged some students to connect to nature and their surroundings, it allowed them to relax and de-stress.
- They didn’t have the noise in their head, distractions, and an imposed sense of haste.
SO….BACK TO MY CHALLENGE
How did my week go? In general it was just what I needed. I slept more, spent more quality time with my kids, husband and family. I definitely felt the lure of the computer to check emails and my phone to look at Facebook, and as I told my husband as we were chilling for day 3 in a row without doing ANYTHING…”I feel like I should be productive…cleaning…working…doing something! But I don’t really want to.” He assured me that I was doing the most productive thing I could do for myself, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!
CAN YOU RELATE TO THIS?
HAS YOUR IPHONE BECOME AN EXTENSION OF YOUR HAND?
There is no debating the convenience and ease of our gadgets, but we also have to be conscious of what impact all of these devices have on our mental, physical and spiritual health.
Is prayer and meditation the FIRST thing you do when you wake up and last thing before bed, or is checking your email and Facebook?
We definitely can get our priorities out of whack when we allow ourselves to be pulled into the rat race – a world focused on being profit, achievement and success driven!
Of course we want to have success, but at what cost?
I will continue to battle against the current and take what I need and leave the rest. I will lead with my purpose, passion and intention and let all of the inventions support me in the journey, but not direct my path.
I will continue to remind myself and all those I reach; Remember that we are co-creating our life in rhythm, syncronicity and alignment with our divine creator of the Universe.
Not the pressures of our world. You have to follow the pull of your soul, NOT the pull of your computer! Don’t let the static pull you out of alignment with your purpose. Ground yourself with daily spiritual practice to focus on your beliefs, intentions and goals. Then allow the computer and phone to support you.
Celia is the Premier Life and Personal Coach serving clients in Los Angeles (LA), San Francisco (SF), California (CA), Miami, D.C., New York (NYC) and all across the United States (USA), Canada and Worldwide. Celia Ward-Wallace – Life Coach and Personal Coach. Celia is also an Executive/Business Coach, Career Coach, Media Trainer, Keynote Speaker and Author