Over the past decade the digital world has certainly become an essential part of our lives. While it’s impossible to avoid, we’re not sure that too much looking at screens and not enough downtime can be doing us any good (we know, you’re having to do it now to read this - but bear with us). And if your day job involves lots of screen time and not enough pen pressing, going home and looking at more screens can make it difficult to properly unwind at the end of each day.
This week, we look at ways to step out of your digital bubble by taking up journaling and other writing pastimes. Here are some ways to unwind that won’t involve computers, phones or tablets; just you and your stationery.
Don’t be put off by thinking that journaling requires hours of writing. A journal can include as little or as much as you want about you and your life. The important thing is to simply express the things that have happened that day, what you are thinking about or how certain events have had an impact on your life. Your daily journal submissions could be anything from a paragraph to five pages and more - often we start by intending to write less and get carried away with the joy of totally switching off from the world.
Take a look at a recent post where we delve deeper into the health benefits of journaling here.
Whether you are creative or not, expressive writing can be a wonderful way to convey your thoughts or feeling about anything - from what’s currently happening in the news to a subject you feel passionate about. You don’t have to show your writing to anyone and it doesn’t even have to make sense but is simply a lovely way of channelling your thoughts, knowledge or feelings and more importantly, clearing your mind. In addition, it is believed that putting the keyboard aside can not only improve mental wellbeing but heighten intelligence too. That’s what we call a win-win!
Using digital downtime to think and write about your aspirations and goals helps commit to new behaviours to achieve those goals in the form of habit trackers. This could be anything from eating better, keeping fit or just reading more regularly. We also believe that writing our goals down can improve motivation by allowing us to see the progress being made - further encouraging us to continue on a path. If this sounds like something you’d like to try check out our earlier post on habit tracking and its benefits here.
Rather than relying on technology to plan and organise things, if you use your journal you will become much more consciously engaged in whatever it is you are planning. By writing your plans down on paper you also have freedom of choice to organise and layout your ideas, rather than using computer templates that don’t quite work for that particular project.
We challenge you to set yourself the goal of stepping away from digital at least once a week and turning to your journal. Try this for a few months and it might just change your life.
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