Your Obsession with Technology is Over the Top

Your Obsession with Technology is Over the Top

TIME TO DETOX

Yep!  That is what we will be doing together, should you choose to leap of faith.  Why? The article in Time Magazine on December 15, 2015, titled “Americans Check Their Phones 8 Billion Times a Day,” by Lisa Eadicicco, states that the “average person looks at his, her, or their phone 46 times every day.” How about you? If you are a beauty professional, you are more than likely on the phone or iPad more times than that. Most of us make our appointments, do our banking, email, text, browse online, all at the same time. Your husbands, wives, kids, or friends have told you your obsession with technology is over the top and driving them crazy, or you both are in it together.

Given that cell phone use is up from previous years, there are numerous articles about the health risks of our indispensable phones, such as: Heavy Cell Phone Use Can Quadruple Your Risk of Deadly Brain Cancer,” by Dr. Mercola, January 6, 2015, as well as, Cell Phones and Cancer Risk,” by the National Cancer Institute. Then the article, Part 111: The Impact of Mobile Phones on People’s Lives,” by Aaron Smith, talks about the “broader impacts equally balanced between positive and negative ones.” We are all aware of the negative ones, constant connectivity, mental temptations, and distraction, not to mention an inability to connect to others on a one-to-one basis, even in restaurants. Yes, it’s become routine, but the toll this kind of connectivity takes on the body, mind, and soul cannot be refuted, not to mention the toll on intimacy and connection with our loved ones.

Because your health, well-being, and longevity in this industry are essential to me.  I love finding ways to take care of ourselves, as I discuss in my book, “Self-Care for Hairdressers.”

 

“The toll on our body, mind and soul, as individuals and a society from constant connectivity is real.”

REBECCA BEARDSLEY

 

WHAT IS A DIGITAL RETREAT

My friend Elizabeth and I enjoyed an hour and a half hike the other day in the Oakland Hills. She is a Depth Psychologist and teaches courses at Pacifica College in Santa Barbara, California. I respect Elizabeth a great deal and consider her one of my most intelligent friends ever, and I always appreciate the wisdom she brings to our conversations. In one of her recent classes, she spoke of teaching a course on the topic of the effects of digital obsession in our lives. She gave homework to her class, a digital retreat. If this makes you freak out, read more.
A light bulb went on in my head.  Of course, this would be a brilliant journey to take with hairstylists.  So here it is.
1/2  Day Hairdresser Digital Detox:  This is for those who question whether they would even dare to do such a thing and can’t imagine giving anything up for three days. The retreat consists of a half-day of no electronics, no devices, no TV, no films, no media.  Choose Sunday or Monday.
One Day Hairdresser Digital Detox:  This retreat consists of going 24 hours without any media, television, cell phones, computers, music, radio, or movies. Use your time to be with friends, family, quiet time, walks, exercise, drink water, eat and sleep well. Pay attention to your dreams as well. Journaling helps too. Choose Sunday or Monday.
Two Day Hairdresser Digital Detox:  This retreat is for those deep in their obsession and wants to break free from their routine and decompress and give their soul a lovely rest. This retreat consists of going 48 hours without any media, television, cell phones, computers, music, radio, or movies.  Notice when the urge to log on arises and how often; jot it down in your journal. Give yourself the time to do things you wouldn’t do that nurture yourself. Rest, play and enjoy. Try a retreat any day of the week. I suggest Sunday through Tuesday morning.
Technology is not going anywhere. It develops at such rapid speeds that will never keep up. We will need to find ways to ease our worry, anxiety, and stress around the expectations of it all. As my friend Adriana Serrano says, “It is like we are on a plane flying through the sky as they are building it.” So true! Take any one of these retreats once a month, two months, or six months. Start with the first one, then build-up to the two days. Find fulfillment in the real things of life and the people in your life.
HAIRSTYLIST TIP
Invite your whole salon to accompany you on this journey. Once they get wind of what you are doing and see the benefits, I bet they can’t resist. Support each other, take the retreat monthly, bi-monthly, or once a quarter. Your environment will feel very different afterward.
INSPIRATION
If you want to go away and can travel, you’ve gone to check out Digitaldetox.com.  It looks like a hoot!
Or for a fancy version put out by Vogue.
Or, Entrepreneur created their list:
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