Some of you may recall a commitment that I made about eighteen months ago about having internet free Sundays. I did it for a while and then, well I slipped back into the smart phone oblivion of checking social media, emails and googling. A few weeks ago I subconsciously put the phone away for most of the day on Sundays, having a little sneaky peek every so often, but generally it was out of sight. I was obviously missing that break. Then last weekend, Guillaume suggested that we should make an internet free Sunday commitment together. He didn’t join me previously so I didn’t hesitate to say hell YES! I felt I needed it again, I felt we needed it as a family and our kids needed to see their parents without that iPhone in hand for a good chunk of time.
Yesterday I completed my second Sunday free of internet and it feels so good! That break from the screen one day a week is just enough to revive the senses and allows me to be more present. It also happens to fall on the day that Guillaume and I get a neighbour to babysit our kids for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning while we do a good walk and finish chilling out at a café. This time though, rather than picking up our smartphones to read the news, we picked up magazines. Next week I think we’ll pack our novels. How often do you see people in the café these days reading novels? I don’t know where you live, but certainly not a lot around here. This is something that I once did so often and I intend to be that person again.
So what exactly are the rules for my internet free Sunday? I choose to simply not pick up my phone to check the net, social media, emails or apps. If I were to use it, it would simply be for a phone call or text. My laptop stays shut all day too. It’s a day for me to simply unwind, do some old fashioned reading and connect with those around me. No doubt this simple day will breed more contentment and creativity into my life.
If you feel like you’re a little overloaded with social media and the screen, why not give it a go. It’s actually not as hard as you imagine, just arm yourself with some magazines, a good book and breath!
I’d love to hear if you do something like this in your life already? Or perhaps not yet. Does the thought of a break for a day scare you or fill you with excitement?