There’s a growing trend in the world of health and fitness- it’s called digital fasting. Essentially, this refers to the practice of restricting your eating to certain times of the day, without having to go completely without food. While there are many benefits to digital fasting, it’s important to be aware of some potential risks. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits and risks of digital fasting, and outline some tips for implementing this healthy, lifestyle change.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes it seems that I spend large part of my day connected to technology. I check email. I do online banking. I look for deals and discounts from various sources, I read the news, I read blogs. Frankly, it can be incredibly easy to spend a day in front of the computer, or attached to the Ipad.
Don’t get me wrong, I find the Internet and the accompanying modes of technology both interesting and intriguing. I enjoy surfing and exploring online as much as the next retiree. When I think about the things we could do now that even ten years ago were not thought of I am often astounded. That said, technology is always with us, and I personally find it more threatening to my time and energy than television-even cable. With television, I only view in the evening, and generally when my body clock is at it’s lowest. In other words, much of the time I would not be doing anything else.
So……………….I’ve been looking for small ways to “unplug” if you will. I don’t want to give up my laptop or smart phone, but I want to be the one in control. To that end, I’ve been making a couple small changes as well as a rather larger one.
I used to take my laptop into the living room while watching TV, or into the bedroom and play for awhile before bed. Now I do neither. If the show is one that allows me to do something else at the same time (I’m a sports addict, so it happens), I write (longhand) I knit, or I just relax and visit with friends and family when they are around.
I followed the advice given by an organizational author I read some time ago (trust me, none of the other organizational skills took). I discovered that by following her advise to “never check email in the morning”, my day started out much better and I got much more accomplished (even if it was that sitting on the patio and watching the dogs). Once I would have grabbed my beverage and headed to the desk to read email and check news. Now I take my coffee on the patio for a better way to wake up in the morning. I start slowly, moving at the mood strikes. Today I picked up the house, set everything out for an art project for school, sewed a bit, watered all the plants and took a walk. Then I grabbed my lunch and headed for the ole email and blog reading. This has been a huge difference. Part of the reason this works well for me is that my afternoon is more structured. I have natural breaks such as feeding the dogs, getting things out for dinner-in other words I am forced to walk away from the desk. I also have a natural finish time.Equally importantly, I find that I have missed little by this change in schedule. Really, there is nothing that I need to read or see at 8 or 9 am that I cannot see at 2 PM.
Finally, I’m giving up my technology (and my phone calls) for a single day a week. On Sunday I ignore the computer and all phone calls not from immediate family. The only time I get on the computer is if we have agreed in advance to Skype at a certain time-other than that I’m completely unplugged.
I have no idea what will happen in the future. All I know is for now, for me, this backing off, this become less plugged, well, it’s working just ine.
Yes, it has been a while since the last time we talked about digital fasting. But this time, it has something new and exciting to offer-empowerment! From tracking your progress on social media to finding inspiration in others’ journeys, you can do so much more than before with this tool.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people do digital fasting?
Similar to constraints placed on alcohol usage, a digital fast, specifically a social media detox, helps set limits on social media use and helps to reduce the risk of addiction.
How do you do digital fasting?
But after enrolling, participants must abstain from using any technology for at least 12 hours per day, including phones, computers, tablets, and phablets. One receives 12 points for keeping the digital fast between 9am and 9pm. Nine points are given if the fast lasts from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following day.
What are the advantages of digital world?
Even if you’re on the other side of the planet, digital technology makes it simple to stay in touch with friends and family and work remotely. You can communicate via words, pictures, sound, and other forms of media. Software, apps, and websites have all been created to encourage social interaction among users.