OPINION: Could you live without your phone for four days?

WHEN was the last time you were disconnected from your phone?

And I don't mean because it ran out of power.

When was the last time you didn't use your phone for more than a few minutes.

I didn't realise how dependent I was on my phone and social media until I was basically without it during a four-day yoga retreat.

It was so refreshing to escape the digital world and all of its interruptions and time wasting.

The only thing we were able to use our phone for was a couple of calls/texts to loved ones and as an alarm or watch.
It was an experience I now plan on incorporating more into my life.

When you're without your phone, you take notice of the more important things in life, like the beautiful surrounds we live in, the sounds of nature and moments become a lot more precious, things are real, not just a world of social media.

Our phones have become more like a best friend to some, especially the younger generation. 

While it is a challenge to be disconnected from the world, it reconnects you more deeply with the little beauties life has to offer.

I know when I have children I don't want to be one of those mums you see constantly on their phone instead of being in the moment with their kids.

Taking it to the next level, we took on an even harder challenge throughout the retreat.

Every morning we met for an early meditation session, but on the last morning we weren't allowed to interact or speak to anyone else on the retreat for four hours.

I was sharing a dorm with five other girls, and when we woke up it was sad not acknowledging them, no "good morning" or "how are you this morning"; it felt so odd.

Then I had breakfast alone in the sunshine, went for a run to discover waterfalls and a beautiful dam and sat with myself and nature reflecting on the amazing experiences I was a part of.

If you have the chance, I highly recommend giving it a go - you might surprise yourself.

Do you think you could live without your phone for four days? Join the conversation and tell us below. 

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