Hi gorgeousnesses,

Before I invite you to come and join me on an internet-free adventure, I want to let you know that I think technology ROCKS!

I want to assure you that I am not here to squash the tech vibe. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

I often sit here at my desk in the beautiful Caribbean and wonder how on earth I got here and how life has enabled me to coach beautiful people in this lush, magical environment. I’m so grateful for my computer to allow my dream job to be on this gorgeous island.

I’m super thankful for my iPad which I can take up to my deck and get my read on when I take downtime. I am so lucky to have my iPhone which serves me on Instagram and allows me to connect with my friends and family all over the world!

Let’s face the tech facts. I just wouldn’t be able to live here without my technology!

I have mountains of authentic gratitude for my beloved tech devices AND at the end of a long day in the office, or hours of coaching calls.. I really love the feeling of unplugging!

A recent study that came out of my home-land Australia, outlined that 70% of people felt they are constantly connected to technology and many of them wished they lived a slower paced life.

Have you ever noticed how a day out in nature leaves you feeling compared to a day on the computer, iPad or iPhone?

Personally, I pretty much always feel more fatigued, frazzled and frustrated when I work online all day and I always regret a ‘quick browse’ that turns into an hour of energy sapping web browsing or scrolling.

On the other hand, I absolutely ALWAYS feel refreshed, energised and centered after a day (or even a few hours) away from the gadgets.

I’m so interested in the way our bodies are affected by everything in life and technology is one of them. So I went on a tech adventure to find out whether we really want to connect with others and nature and if we do, then why are some of us so seemingly dependant on technological devices.

WHO LOVES BEING CONNECTED?

  1. 84% of smart phone users in a recent study claimed they could not go a single day without their device (is this you?)

  2. In the USA, smart phone owners hold their phone in their hand even when watching tv, as a second mode of entertainment (I have been guilty of this!)

  3. More than half of these users, sleep with their phone next to their bed (a no no in my house)

  4. 67% of cell phone owners check their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating (oopsy!)

So, how many are you guilty of? A little over 2 years ago, I was guilty of all but one!

Over the last 2 years, I have slowly reduced my tech time and now find my desire to connect for ‘no reason’ it is at an all time low. I found it challenging to unplug completely at first (it is a bit like any dependancy.. hard to give up!) but as soon as I took a few days off of technology and connected with nature and other people, those yucky “needy”, unhealthy desires for wifi diminished.

So could it be that we are feeling the need for connectivity because we really are now more than ever craving REAL human connection?

WHY ARE WE SO TECH NEEDY?

Well there is now a psychological diagnosis for this FOMO. Fear of missing out. Human connection and belonging is now being found on devices, sometimes instead of real life. How many groups do you belong to (outside of the net) where you actually get to see a whole bunch of people and experience the wonderful connection that human interaction brings? In addition, do you ever connect in to Facebook or other social media groups with a desire to be uplifted and log out feeling inadequate, anxious or irritable? Ironic isn’t it!

Now let’s look at the rate you refresh your notifications. Do you have a constant desire to know how many likes or comments you have on a page and find yourself clicking your notification icon knowing there isn’t another one to see?  Eeek this is a little sneaky peek at the dopamine effect. Every time you see a like or comment on your page, the lovely feel-good dopamine is released and it feels GOOD! Well like any drug that induces dopamine.. we are left feeling anxious without it and go out seeking more of that feeling in everyday life. Ever seen my Insta-post “You are way more important than your likes!” Well I posted it because you ARE! You may not know this if your neurotransmitters are firing and telling you that you are only significant when someone else clicks a button and you gain numerous likes or comments on your profile.

On top of all of this, it has been suggested that sleeping near a phone, in a home with Wi-Fi, or in an apartment building with many Wi-Fi signals can create chronic sleep problems among numerous other health concerns. A recent study by Professor Hermann also suggested that human stress reaction time and endurance increases dramatically when many phones are being used at the same time in a confined area.

This has lead scientists to believe that using the internet can actually have a tripling effect on those suffering from anxiety, ADD, neurological disorders and/or depression.

I have also read study after study indicating that technology is not only separating us socially but also causing our attention span to drop. A recent 2012 study showed that our average attention span is down to almost 8 seconds! WHAT!? Are we goldfish?

Ok enough of the heavy stuff… I think you get the point. Unplugging is awesome!

WHY I UNPLUG

Honestly, I just feel better without it! I am a happier, more easy going, more creative, loving, healthier person when I ‘switch off’. I dance more, my creativity flows, I connect with my femininity, have better conversations, make more new friends and generally just love life more when I disconnect regularly.

I understand the benefits of having wifi on this tiny island and none of this takes away from my gratitude for it. I’m supremely blessed to work online on my own time, to be a student and a teacher of incredible online training programs and I LOVE my couch movie time.. but when I unplug I do find more inner peace, joy, self love and contentment.

My nervous system relaxes when I turn my wifi router off. I sleep better without technology in my room or electrical switches turned on. I feel so content when I am walking in the mountains, or smiling and laughing with my friends rather than staring at the screen. Despite it’s aweseomness!

MY INVITATION TO YOU!

Now I understand giving up something you’re connected to may not come easy (it took me a long time to “unplug” for longer than a few days at a time and almost 3 years to give up red wine!). I am not going to ask you to go cold turkey and I am not suggesting you bury or burn your devices.

This week, I’m inviting you to unplug with me for a day (or a minimum of 2 hours).

It is all in the name of re-connecting you to all the other levels of love in your life.

To increase your happiness, health and vitality! To shift lingering ill health and disease, to connect with others, to be at one with your mother earth, to reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. To lift your spirits, to breathe fresh air, live in the present and inspire your soul!!!

Are you in!?

JOIN ME OFFLINE this Sunday, 1st Feb. We are going to unplug for the day (or a minimum of 2 hours).

Head over to my Facebook event page and join the Offline event, then post your times on the page to let me know when you will be logging off.

https://www.facebook.com/events/863737386981560/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

I will post support, motivation and offline tools to help inspire you. We are all in this together!

Here’s to your health and happiness!
 
Marissa