The Power of Digital Detox

A little unplugging goes a long way… fully-charged in the most gratifying way.
Hey Gents!
How’s your week going?
Anyone else ready for winter’s revenge? or just me?

(Okay, okay, call me a freak. ūüôĄ)

 

Always love a good reason to break out the Barbour jacket. And sing Michael Buble’s “White Christmas” on repeat.
I’m currently having a glass of wine and pasta with seven of my close college friends (al fresco), while flaunting a quilted vest and flannel in celebration of Autumn’s return. But not just that….
The group reached a radical consensus four days earlier…

We ditched the phones, lived our best lives, and took a spontaneous road trip. Basically embraced some quality time -one last “hoorah!” before tackling our first-full year of #adulting. (I know, big deal.)

We graduated college earlier this spring, but it feels like a D-E-C-A-D-E since we’ve seen each other. Time is a weird thing, no?

 
Personally, traveling is mighty blissful when I can simply enjoy the moment without the need for capturing and captioning photos for social.

We strolled the loveliest streets, scouted massive museums, sipped local coffee, and spewed far too many “punny” jokes. But most importantly, we embraced boredom.

Just letting life do its thing and rolling with the awkward punches. After all, we’re still adjusting with the “no phone” notion! Awkward moments arose, but¬†letting it be¬†perpetually proves how deeply rooted a relationship is. Well-cemented friendships can survive the crazies moments, let alone the quietest moments that transpired..

If there’s anything worth digesting here, it’s this:

“We must activate our humanistic side once in a while¬†more frequently, thrive in the present, appreciate the occasional lulls instead of panicking, all while surrounding ourselves with people who welcome the same ideology. There’s nothing more affirming than a loved one, courageous enough to break down our personal walls when vulnerability strikes. Those people who sit beside us, comfortably, without saying a word. Now that’s powerful.”
Believe it or not, this digital detox streak has been going strong for two weeks prior to the trip. I was sick of the notifications and social media’s never-ending dopamine rush. Moreover, those wasteful moments spent scrolling over pretty generic photos.

It was time for a reality check and take a zen-worthy trip without glossing over the highlight reels online -above all else. Days flew by like snowflakes, and now i’m here with friends, clinking wine glasses, walking off a new me.

Here are five C’s (benefits) I gained from this experience:

1. Contentment || 

 

There’s a peace from within, stirring while the phone screams for help. Primarily, comparison is overpowered by comfort. Social media’s aspirational content, internet promo codes, and the guilt of “not checking important emails” suddenly withers. The phone’s demanding disposition is purely nonsensical (and clearly not urgent -*for the most part). A sense of satisfaction grew as I looked around and savored every moment and surrounding. What truly matters is my sanity, face to face interactions, and a sense of being. Standing amongst a crowd of people, or alone in a room, knowing that I have everything I need for success: friends, family, and a sound heart/mind. The only things that validate my worth.

 
2. Creativity ||

I believe humans (creative and non-creative) reach their highest artistry when stripped of the things crutching the comfort zone. Essentially, creativity flourishes when we lack, whether it be a tight budget, a mundane closet, or perhaps the thought of not having pinterest or instagram to #inspire us with never-ending pictures of Scandinavian decor. Take the minimal closet for example. Someone with neutral and cookie cutter clothing can improvise a look by belting a shirt differently. Similarly, people with tight budgets can scout some quality gems at the clearance rack for a smashing deal (or perhaps thrifting?). When I ditched the phone, I found ways to fill the artificial void it penetrated. During the interim, I socialized more, rummaged the racks from my favorite boutiques (for inspo), and proudly crafted four DYIs (without pinterest!). 


3. Consciousness ||

Such a powerful trait/sight when people mentally interact with their surrounding, in the midst of an interval. Here’s the thing: phones have become a type of drug people clutch for various reasons. Downcast demeanor is the new norm in today’s society. Scrolling takes zero effort, but constant consciousness takes total courage. Casual observation now deemed as a craft, rather than a natural trait. After the detox, a certain pattern started to roll. When in public, my eyes wander (in a non-creepy fashion) while the chest takes meditative breaths¬† -reassuring my gutsy stance. Beyond the waves of people drowned by their tech screens, I see architectural features, refreshing flowers, and other valuable insights that lets the mind ponder. While the brain reflects, time slows down in a satisfying way, like small coffee drips from a pour-over glass.

4. Clarity  || 

Before the radical journey, nothing I did felt complete. I granted partial attention and energy towards work and leisure, due to the 184756352847 other things looping inside my brain. Weariness and confusion befriended the soul. I had a horrible habit of scrolling¬† instagram in-between errands. From spammy emails to viral videos, the content consumed from the phone (or laptop) aimlessly stacked unwanted stress. All this digital content produced two major detriments: 1.) it hindered any chance of processing thoughts and tasks. 2.) the content consumed only adds more crap to the current clutter.¬† I couldn’t function properly. After the detox, my mind no longer deals with brain fog. I limit my digital usage, which gives time for the brain to process any function at hand. I’m more engaged and in-control of my thoughts.¬†

5. Confidence //

I accepted this illegitimate view that life will always be swift yet stressful, given the digital dependency of society and the instant gratification wave of modern living. I maximized every type of convenience¬†(primarily the phone) to the point of exhaustion. Within the span of three weeks, the mind was muddled with a new message. Realizing that the best things in life take passion and drudgery. More importantly, understanding that joy and pain can coincide is reassuring. Hard work doesn’t necessarily equate to stress. Today I choose to take the path less traveled, handle situations one by one, and live more intentionally. Doing things manually not only makes us more human, but smarter as well. I’m able to gradually do things evenly, in the name of calmness.


#staybrochic, 
 
 

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I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.

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