Phone Addict

Hi, my name is Melissa and I am addicted to my mobile phone.
Are you addicted to technology? More specifically your mobile phone?
I am constantly scrolling aimlessly through social media in search for…..who knows what? I have found that I do this when I am bored and procrastinating.
Whilst I believe our mobile phones have a time and a place I feel they are getting in the way of a number of fundamental things that occur in everyday life, and we are now facing issues that our Grandparents couldn’t even begin to imagine!
Socialising with friends on the weekend is often a group of people sitting at a table scrolling through their phones rather than speaking to each other. Phone calls are taken while going through the check-outs at the Supermarket and common courtesy seems to have gone astray.
Over the last 6 nights I was blessed to go on a Cruise with my family. One of the most fabulous things about being at sea was the lack of communication that I had with the outside world. I had no idea what was going on in the news, in the world of social media, and I generally had no contact with anyone here on land.
While this might be enough to send you into a panic – I felt a sense of freedom. I often left my phone in my cabin while I attended shows, bingo games, live music, or just sat out on the deck. I was present in all of my conversations with others – no interruptions. It was pure bliss. Some people may have lost their minds, and suffered serve anxiety at the inability to have constant access to the world, but for me it was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
Since returning to land, I have checked my emails, uploaded to social media, used it for business purposes, and sent numerous text messages. It’s funny how quickly you can revert to your old way of life.
Some of you may remember my past blog on mini challenges that I have set for myself throughout this year. One of those months (I will have to check which one) I am detoxing from technology and I honestly can’t wait! So much so that I am going to start a mobile free zone in between particular hours so that I can continue to practice being present, and to also stop procrastinating and get things done!
As February is coming to an end I wanted to reflect on Fitness Feb! The first 2 weeks I did exceptionally well! I trained hard, I took Teddy on walks and I pushed myself to my limits. The last week as I was away while I didn’t train as hard I used the stairs as much as I could on the ship. I went to a stretching class; I used the walking track and went to the gym. I’m very proud of my efforts and look forward to Minimisation March!
I hope this entry has helped you to reflect on your phone habits, and to reflect on your experience of Fitness Feb (for those of you who were joining me).
Until next week,
Mindful Mel

Author: mabarberlissa

Hi and welcome to my blog! The aim of my blog is to share some of my experiences, my thoughts and feelings about mindfulness, while providing strategies on what gets me by in this ever changing, ever moving world! I hope that my readers gain something out of the entries as well.

One thought on “Phone Addict”

  1. Well said Mel! I’m guilty of being glued to my phone too and when I was without reception on holiday earlier this year I found it super relaxing. Great work with fitness Feb. looking forward to seeing all the other challenges you try this year and I may we’ll join in too! Xxx yvette

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