Over the weekend, I disconnected from the world. I uninstalled my social media apps and kept my phone on silent. I actually only used it a handful of times; as a calculator, to take some photos, and for some recipes. Otherwise, I didn’t even know where it was most of the weekend.
I have seen and heard about a lot of people that unplug over the weekends, or for certain periods of time here and there, but I had never tried it myself.
Here recently on longer (more stressful) days, I found myself using my phone as a way of decompressing from the day and kind of being absent from reality. I found myself being too busy to do things I needed to get done and things I had wanted to do. I also found myself being grumpier, more irritable than normal. It has been something that has been bothing me for a while now… I needed to find a new outlet, a new way to decompress.
Over the last few weekends I’ve been focusing more on rearranging the house, painting here and there, touching up things, etc etc. And I have really been enjoying that. But I still found myself sharing it socially and then responding to people when they would comment on it. So, I did it… uninstalled the social apps for the weekend. I couldn’t aimlessly scroll if there was nothing to scroll. I can’t worry about missing out on someone’s stories for the day if there are no stories to see.
I spent the weekend having girl time with Maddie. We painted our toes, her nails, curled her hair, did some foot scrubs (teo different ones), a face mask and just talke dabout all the girlie things. She had just gone shopping with Daddy at Claire’s a few days before and was still on cloud nine from it.
I caught up on laundry instead of people I don’t even know. I spent time with my kids instead of spending it absently scrolling the same posts over and over. I baked cookies. If you follow me socially or have followed me here for a while, you probably know that we usually spend our weekends baking, and having lots of family time, but something about this was just different. I didn’t feel obligated to share it immediately with the world. I enjoyed it more. I snapped a few photos here and there, a lot at the kids’ requests so they could have the memories (they LOVE looking through old photos).
I typed up this post while sitting at my desk with the blinds open while watching the kids play in the freshly falling snow. I could hear them giggle as I type. I didn’t feel the social weight of the world on my shoulders; other people’s lives weren’t my priority because I wasn’t seeing them face to screen. Out of sight, out of mind (sort of). While absent, I wondered about my friend’s birthday party, and how things had gone here and there but also knew they could wait. . . asking her about it could wait. Checking in with them could wait. My time was needed elsewhere, face to face with Maddie… face to face painting with Owen…. face to face talking with Fin… face to face instead of face to phone.
I highly recommend giving it a try if you find yourself scrolling the same posts on repeat or find yourself “too busy” for other things because you’re staring at your phone.
Also, don’t play on your phone while driving. Just don’t.
Here’s some photos from our unplugged weekend 🙂
I hope yours was good.