Give yourself a reprieve from the electronic blizzard, rings and dings of modern day. Here are a few helpful tips from Dr. Holly Lucille, host of Myth-Defying, to help you take a “Technology Sabbath.”
1. Don’t use your mobile device for your alarm clock. The temptation to wake up and immediately check the myriad of communications on your mobile device is great – be it new emails, your Facebook or Instagram feed, or the latest tweets and Pins. Resist the urge. Those first waking moments of your morning are precious. It is the time when you begin a brand new day, in own your space, set your daily intention and move through your life from a place of power. Allowing this time to be overrun by mindless social posts from others and emails wrought with responsibility, sets you up for stress for the rest of the day.
2. Create a time block of “e-freeness” with your family. Pick a time each day, especially on the weekends when your family is more likely all together, and deem this an electronic-free zone. This is the time where you talk, play, cuddle, and do anything besides use something electronic. This will help foster more authentic closeness, without distraction.
3. Create boundaries. On your outgoing message or email signature, tell people exactly what to expect from your communication. For example, you could inform others that, “I check these messages twice a day, at noon and at 5p.m. and I look forward to getting back to you as soon as possible.” Or, on your email signature, you could do the same thing. This will stop the endless and obsessive “checking” of communications, and will create clearer boundaries for those who need you to get back to them.
4. Take an e-vacation. You will be amazed at what you start to notice, feel and think about again if you take a more significant vacation from tweets, posts, notes, and texts. You might fall in love with your mate all over again…or even yourself, the earth and the wonder of it all. You might get inspired to do something creative like write, sing, paint or play. Don’t be surprised if you experience some withdrawal; it’s going to be okay, and it’s actually one of the best things you can do for yourself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Holly Lucille, a.k.a. “Dr. Holly,” is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic physician, educator and a natural products consultant. She is also the author of Creating And Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health.
An acclaimed expert in the field of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Her nationally televised appearances include The Doctors, Lifetime Television for Women, Montel Williams, PBS’s Healing Quest and Discovery Fit & Health channel. Regularly quoted as an expert in journals such as The American Health Journal, in 2007 she was listed in Time Magazine’s “Alt List” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People.”
Dr. Holly’s private practice in Los Angeles, Healing from Within Healthcare, focuses on comprehensive naturopathic medicine and individualized care. Outside of her practice, she holds a position on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians board of directors and is also on the faculty of the Global Medicine Education Foundation. She is the past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association where she worked to ensure the availability of safe naturopathic health care by lobbying to have naturopathic doctors licensed in the state of California.