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February 24, 2017

Step Away from the Screen for a While. I Dare You.

Bianca Bass | Step away from the screen | Take a break | Wellbeing

Step away from the screen for a while. Your next best idea depends on it.

 

I recently took a break. Not a 25-minute break. A proper break. I stopped posting on my blog. I stepped away from my screens. I was horrifically slow at replying at emails (sorry). I even stopped replying to WhatsApp messages from friends (double sorry).

 

I removed myself from my own life and my own mind for a while.

 

The first few days were nothing much at all. At first, I felt low. Getting off the treadmill can be disorientating. Then, I felt lost and slightly melancholy. I reached for my phone almost obsessively and felt odd when I realised it was nowhere to be found. 

 

And you know what? My followers went down a little. My page views suffered a little. Not being able to post a tweet or update my Instagram felt plain wrong. 

 

But then.

 

Oh, but THEN.

 

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I started having blog post ideas in the shower again.

 

My fingernails started growing again (between you and I, I didn’t even realise I bit them…).

 

I read with no intention other than reading, for hours on end.

 

I tried mindful eating and my whole digestive system started working like a dream.

 

I stopped wearing makeup altogether and got to know my face without it for the first time in years.

 

I swam in the sea and, as the waves crashed on my skin and the sea salt rinsed my hair, I had an idea for a book. A book. I’m excited. 


Go out and leave your phone at home. Step away from the screen for a while. A proper while. I dare you. 

 


 

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4 Comments

  • Liv Woodward

    Love this! I’m taking a bit of a break from social media (mainly Twitter) at the moment – not completely, just drastically reducing the amount of time I spend scrolling and posting. I’m going to use the time I usually waste on social media trying new things with my writing because I feel like I’ve stagnated and I want to push myself and find inspiration.

    Liv // petticoatsandpatriarchy.com

    February 25, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply
    • biancabass

      Liv, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! It means a lot. The Twitter break is an excellent idea. I’m trying something similar, as the amount of time social media seems to drain is crazy! Plus, we don’t need the distractions. What we need is to be more in tune with ourselves, so we can do our best and most focused work. Let me know how your experiment goes! I’m cheering you on every step of the way! 🙂

      March 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • walkiria

    Love this post. It reminds me that there is so much life happening around us that we fail to notice more and more. Stepping out of our screen and just taking in what is out there is a must for us all. Glad you felt inspired Bianca.

    February 26, 2017 at 1:51 am Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Walkiria! The Internet is, of course, incredible! But there really is a whole world out there to be experienced without having to document it daily. I think we underestimate the impact these constant notifications have on our wellbeing 🙂

      March 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

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