Who me, Lisa? The health coach who doesn’t believe in diets? Yes, it is true. I am going on a d-i-e-t. I know, I know. I don’t like the D word, but I have to do it. I need this diet in order to survive. REALLY.
I am not doing South Beach, Jenny Craig, Atkins … Those diets don’t work. Diets just don’t work. BUT I am going on a “digital diet.” I have to do this because I am getting so out of control with my phone, Internet, TV… When Kevin threatened to throw my phone out the car window, I knew I was in too deep (and to keep things in reference, I was checking my phone at every stop light; ignoring the chat we were having).
I am constantly checking my smart phone for email messages, tweets, Face Book updates, texts… It is never ending, and I am beginning to notice that even though I work a lot, I am now not sure how much work I am actually doing. There have been times at dinner where I whip out my phone and get lost in the messages. To tell the truth, I check my email messages every 5-10 minutes during the day; feeling like I will miss something if I don’t get my email updates immediately. I feel like a crack addict. I’m addicted! (never smoked crack, but I am sure I have that same “gotta have it!” feeling). Plus I sure don’t want to end up like this lady!
Q: Do you ever feel the urge to pull out your smartphone while someone else is making a point in a conversation?
Q: Have you ever realized that you were texting or checking your email while your child was telling you about her day at school?
Q: Have you ever felt that something hasn’t really happened until you post it on Facebook?
Q: Does a flashing red light on your Blackberry make your heart flutter?
Q: Are you spending time with your spouse or significant other without talking to each other because you’re immersed in a different device?
“If you answered yes to at least a couple of these questions, you’re among the millions of Americans being overrun by technology.”
Damn. I got a 4 out of 5. AND the one that tugged at my heart was #2. I think I am guilty of this one…which means it is time to take action. There are many anti-technology manifestos out there like, “You are Not a Gadget” and “Alone Together.” There are many who are trying to pull the plug altogether. This isn’t going to fly for me. All I know is that I am not fully connecting to my loved ones lately, and all the multi-tasking is making me nuts and unproductive. Research even states that the technology buzz is not good for the brain.
The addiction to my phone is so similar to cravings for baked goods, salty potato chips, and warm creamy milk. From my experience with working with clients, giving up the addiction cold turkey is a set-up for failure. Deprivation, starvation, will-power are not answers. Maybe for the short-term. But slowly and surely old habits come back. If you want long-term, lasting change, a step-by-step process with support is needed.
In January, I set a goal to go unplugged Sundays. I did do this for about a few weeks, but noticed that Sunday was a good day for me to plan and get ready for the week. I seemed to get anxious if I couldn’t get on the laptop to add events in my Google calendar. My plan fell through, and I haven’t been unplugged since. So I am now switching to Saturdays ~ if you see me on Face book or texting, tweeting, call me out! Remember, support! I am also going to just check my email 4 times per day. Sound like a good plan? Makes me a bit nervous, but I know that I will feel relief and stay productive. I won’t go cold turkey, but taking taking things step by step will help me reach my goal. I will be able to spend more time with my family, enjoy life fully, really taking it all in; being truly present instead of half-way.
Can you relate? What do you do to get control of the digital overload? How does this relate to your health? Any suggestions would be so welcomed! Leave your message below.