This post is Part 3 of a 10 part series that is an extension of this post I wrote on the subject of the importance of introducing some regular Digital Detox time in our lives. In that post I listed 10 Good Reasons to introduce regular Digital Detox time into our lives. Each week for 10 weeks I will expand a little on each of those 10 reasons listed. I have already written Part 1 – De-Clutter Your Mind and Part 2 – Reconnect to the Present. This week I am looking at:
CONDUCT A SELF AUDIT
This is about tuning into yourself and reviewing how you are feeling – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Are you tired? Feeling stressed? Feeling bloated? Skin feeling yuk? Need some ‘me time’? Got an aching back or neck?
I’m a strong advocate of practicing good self-care. I have learnt from experience the consequences of not listening to your body, mind and spirit and neglecting yourself. It is not selfish to do what you need to do to feel balanced, happy and well!
I wrote a little about self-care in this post when I was feeling unwell and recognized that I needed to take it easier for a little while. We need to be gentler on ourselves, especially us women!
If you’re spending a lot of time on social media and computers, it is very easy to be distracted from listening to your body, mind and spirit, recognising any inbalances, and acting accordingly. Some of us just go, go, go and never pause, breathe and listen! Use your digital detox time to conduct a self-audit to work out what tweaking you might need to do to get your balance right so that you can feel great! You could also try doing this each night as you go to bed. Just sit still in silence and really tune in and listen to yourself – how you are feeling physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You might like to try a body scan meditation.
Here is a quick 10 minute Body Scan Meditation by Elisha Goldstein that I found. He mentions ‘Beginner’s Mind’, an attitude of mindfulness, so I’ve linked to a post I wrote on that if you’re interested in understanding more on what that means.
There are many Body Scan Meditations out there on the web – just Google or look on You Tube. They also vary in length! I highly recommend getting into the habit of doing a body scan meditation. You will be amazed at what you will pick up on that you otherwise may not have. They are also lovely and relaxing!
Once you’ve recognised some areas that need tweaking, then you need to understand yourself and what it is you need to do to get those things right again. Need a massage? Perhaps a doctor’s appointment is long overdue? Need to communicate better with family members? Perhaps getting to bed earlier might help if you’re tired? Maybe a get together with a friend is just what you need? Maybe your diet needs some adjusting?
Look after you! There is only one of you and you are worth it!
Ciao for now,
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I am sick today, so I am feeling all those things!! (just a headcold but I’m totally woe is me!)
Oh no! Sorry to hear your sick Lydia! I have been too so I can totally sympathise! Hope you’re feeling better again real soon! 🙂
I am also a firm believer in listening to your body. It knows what it’s talking about! Great post, thanks for sharing.
Thanks Kell – my pleasure. Our bodies sure know how to tell us something is amiss that’s for sure! We just have to listen!
I have been following your thoughts on this for a while and everytime I think I NEED to do this. We live in the age where digital can totally take over our lives. And I have to say I spend too much time on social media. Thanks for the reminder and guidance. Looking forward to hearing more.
It is so easy to be totally consumed by digital / gadgets / computers / social media. The mobile phone is the gateway to it all now. It’s SO important to disconnect in order to be truly connected! 🙂
I am always taking stock of how I am feeling, and realising the things I need to do to fix them. Sticking to doing those things is something I struggle with.
It’s a matter of making things routine like brushing our teeth and having a shower is 😉
Love the sound of this, will have to make time to give it a try. xx
You won’t regret it Nicole! xo
I am getting much better at this but as always there is room for improvement!
I am starting each day with a mindfulness meditation using the Smiling Mind App and finishing the day by putting a gratitude in my gratitude diary on my phone….and see that’s where my issue lies with smart phones!! grrrr…. necessary evils I think!
LOL – you are doing a great job Zita!! xo
Thanks for the reminder, Min. I’m totally going to check out the Body Scan Meditations when I have a bit more time. I really need to focus on being mindful rather than mind full!
Do it Sammie! The body scan meditations are amazing! 🙂 x