Imagine… you have to spend a whole week in a location with no Wi-Fi, Internet or signal… is that a dream or a nightmare?
As someone’s whose job is purely done using Internet, I have to say when my family holiday to Scotland turned out to be an internet free week, I was a little worried.
Luckily, I had no work to get done but the realisation of not being able to speak to friends, check Instagram or watch Youtube was rather unsettling to me. It’s safe to say that after the first full day of being internet/signal free I was shocked at just how often I checked on my phone. Whether it was first thing in the morning or last thing at night, I must of checked my phone over 30 times only to see the same blank home screen.
It seemed that even though I knew I had no signal I still needed the comfort of having my phone with me at all times as checking it was a habit I could not let go of. However after the second day, I got used to not being able to speak to or check on social media what others were doing, and finally decided to embrace it … and oh did I love it.
I felt this massive weight lifted off my shoulder that I didn’t have anyone to reply to, compare myself to or just simply speak to. I was able to leave my phone in my room and forget about it for the whole day and just enjoy the physical company of my family and my surroundings.
Now I’m not saying this is something I have carried on since my return home (as that would be impossible) but I feel so much more refreshed that I took that time out from constantly being on my phone or laptop.
I highly suggest to you and your family to take a trip away where there is limited Wi-Fi and signal, especially if you have teenagers! Yes there will be moaning at the start but it’s time we fight this anxiety of needing to know what everyone else is doing every second of the day!
The connection we have with technology is amazing, but sometimes we all need a break to live in the moment, right here, right now and after my week away I will be finding any excuse to do this more often.