Go offline if you can

Before the covid changed the world. I used to love being in the air and unavailable to the world for half the day when travelling to the USA.

I would write a letter, draw, write my thoughts down. Write slowly and plan, jot diagrams and concepts, all with a good old pen and paper. More than anything I enjoyed the feeling of being offline.

Since Autumn started I have been trying this being offline at home also. It has been wonderful spending more time alone with my thoughts. I loved reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau he believed that what the soul needs doesn’t cost a penny. Being offline costs nothing but rewards much.

Try being offline more next week. Before you go to bed, plug your phone into an outlet across the room, or somewhere out of arm’s reach. When you wake up, try your best not to look at it. There are so many better ways to wake up: Head to your happy spot, eat breakfast, stretch, take a walk, listen to Mozart, shower, read a book, or just be silent for a bit. Even if it’s for fifteen minutes, give yourself some time in the morning to be offline.

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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