Have you heard of the term Digital Detox? If not, well, it’s pretty much self-explanatory. It’s withdrawing yourself from the online world and the gadgets you use for a certain period of time. Kung nag-cringe ka pagkatapos mong basahin ‘yun, you can stop reading after this sentence. Pero kung hindi, carry on my fearless friend because you are about to embark on a life changing experience. Bawal nang mag-back out, okay? Let’s start.
Challenge #1: No cellphones during mealtime for a month.
Easy peasy? Don’t take this too lightly. Baka ma-tempt kang mag-wordscapes habang naghihintay ng order? We hope not. Use your waiting time to catch-up with your ka-salo. Good conversations are best paired with great food you know.
Challenge #2: Go offline once you reach home for 2 months.
If you find this a little bit challenging, it is. We’re used to stay online even at home. Ultimo kahit nasa banyo, you scroll through Facebook or Instagram. Even before you sleep, you go on YouTube right? Try naman natin mag-offline hindi dahil kailangan, kundi dapat. Our homes are built to welcome us back to life and to what’s real. So let’s treat it as a place where you can tune out from all the noises and take a breather from all the digital distractions you’ve encountered during the day.
Challenge #3: Stay completely offline during weekends for 6 months.
Weekends have “ends” for a reason. It’s that time of the week wherein you can pause for a while and enjoy life. Ang goal dito is to reconnect with yourself and with the people who matters to you. So whether it’s doing endless naps, finishing a long overdue book, engaging in activities that enhance your mind and body, or simply spending quality time with your loved ones, pasok ‘yan. We all deserve a break from a week’s worth of working.
Okay, so what does Digital Detox wants us to achieve? To answer that, you need to finish at least one of the challenges. That’s the only way to fully grasp the answer. Pero kung feeling mo ‘di mo kaya, let’s just say that when you finish one of these, you’ll end up enjoying life in more ways than one. Plus, you’ll have a better sense of appreciation. So, are you up for the challenge?