When I was a teenager, whenever I was feeling a bit bored, I would stare at my digital watch It was a big Casio with alarms and a stopwatch and the ability to tell the time in a different country.
I was captivated by the blinking LCD digits, the buttons, and the beeps. I can remember seeing how fast I could start and stop the stopwatch.
And I got good at it. I was really fast!
But there was only so much I could do with a digital watch.
In putting together STOP THE SCROLL, I’ve been more conscious than ever of how many times I check my phone in a day.
So, I decided I was going to keep track of my checking.
Just noticing. Not trying to change anything but tuning into the feelings. The why.
With no judgement.
I found that I did it a lot. Over a hundred times a day.
Some of the times I’m looking at the time, and other time I’m responding to some beep, ding, or buzz from social media or work email.
But there have been times when I was checking looking at my phone simply because I was bored. There’s nothing wrong with that, but through doing nothing more than noticing, I’ve found myself checking my phone less, and instead doing something different — making a connection with someone else (or a kitty!), taking a few minutes to go outside for a breath of fresh air, or just taking a breath.
And then, I might choose to check my phone or not.
It becomes my choice.—I’m Adrian Kingsley-Hughes and I’ve been teaching people about the benefits and pitfalls of technology and social media for 25 years. I’m also a yoga teacher.
That’s why I’m curious about how we can bring more mindfulness and awareness to our relationships with the phone, tablets and computers that are part of our lives.
STOP THE SCROLL is 5-days of getting mindful – in a non judgey way – about your relationship to technology.
Every day I’ll share some simple yoga and tech tips for you. Join me on a live-stream on the Inspiratrix Yoga Facebook or Instagram at 1pm or catch up later in the day on the Inspiratrix Yoga YouTube.
Be in control of your tech toys… not controlled by them.
If you feel like you have your tech habit under control, you probably don’t need this.
But if you are secretly worried about how the scroll dominates your life and want some non-judgemental tips on changing that, then get your name on the list now.
And tell your scroll-aholic friends too.
Get your reminders here: https://bit.ly/2LakhVn