Recently I took up a different kind of detox. I switched off my mobile phone. For 10 days. And it was the best gift I gave myself in a looooong time!
It took me a couple of days to lose the urge to keep checking my phone for calls, messages or reminders or the time. I started looking at clocks, telephone books, notes, maps and most importantly people. I had to turn on the mental faculty that remembers numbers (than look up my contact list), appointments (than look up my reminders), people’s birthdays (than look at my calendar), directions (than call up someone for help), visuals (than whip out my mobile camera) and even access my body clock that would wake me up in the morning without the beeping mobile phone!
I started using my pen more. I could go on a walk without being hassled with calls. I could stay in the movie even after leaving a cinema hall, because I didnt have to respond to missed calls. I didnt have to deal with insensitive callers who dont care that they’re interrupting me in the middle of something. I didnt have the leash on me. The stress just vaporized… and it felt wonderful!
Those who needed to reach me always know my email or my office phone. But the choice was mine – as to when I would access them. Just that was very liberating. I could converse to those around me more, observe, assimilate, daydream and “connect” to my real life than spend hours on the mobile phone frying my brains for a thousand things that may not be worth it.
Hope you try it – YOU are worth it.
To all those people who are visiting the blog and writing back – a special “thank you”.
You surprise me and I like surprises :-) Have a great week!