DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT

Sometimes you just need to break all routine and get in touch with that voice deep inside your soul. Everyone has it. For some of us, it speaks clearly. For others, it’s barely noticeable… and I believe that’s because we are drowning it out with the noise of our thoughts and the world around us. 

As someone who relies on the voice deep inside my soul to direct my steps in life, I am learning to disconnect from the world in order to reconnect with that voice. I am learning to let go of the distractions that clutter my world and focus on the things that really matter. I am learning to remove myself from reality, and reconnect with that voice that has lead me to where I am. It’s guided me through the wilderness so far, so I believe that being connected with that voice is vital for maintaining a strong instinct to keep moving forward on this journey.

Disconnecting for me looks like leaving my phone for multiple hours a day, getting outside, going for a surf, writing, going for a hike, brainstorming business ideas, reading, keeping a written journal and diary, going to bed with my phone plugged in over the opposite side of my room, reading in bed rather than insta stalking, taking moments to appreciate the simple things and ultimately running away from screens & all forms of excessive digital connectivity like they might be the death of me.

What about you? Do you feel like you spend too much time connected to screens?

The average person checks their phone 200 times a day. I’m not a math wizard, but my screen just told me that’s once every six and half minutes. Ahhh! Get away! 

And besides the fact that I think our time on screens is a serious kill joy on life and a serious drain on our time and energy, apparently there’s also facts that these screens are actually changing the way our brains work and function. Such bad guys they are!

While we have our face in our phones, we are less engaged, we look like Mr Scatterbrain and are so distracted from the actual moment we’re in, our creativity sucks, and we become unaware of the world around us. 

Being constantly connected has completely disconnected us from the important things in life. Our phones are always in reach. Even when silent. And notifications seem to become the most urgent thing the world has ever seen. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think there is great upside of devices and the open and advanced time we are living in… My life and business revolves around an online world and digital connection. I love Instagram - my business basically revolves around it (thanks Sean) and I think it can be used for a world of good. But constant connection is compromising not just our work but our lives!

When was the last time you left your phone for a day? What about even just a mere 2 hours? Those beautiful eyes of yours and your brain would love it I reckon. And I think your passions might love the attention as well. 

Consider a 1-2 day digital detox. If you think that’s too hard, ask yourself why? Do you have major FOMO (fear of missing out)? C’mon… what are you really missing out on? I think you can make it happen. And I think you won’t regret it. 

Maybe a better question you could ask is: what are you missing out on when you are connected? What’s going on in your world? What are you missing because of your constant digital connection?

Face your fears. Just turn it off. Completely. Off! Let those who might be relying on you know your plans and then turn it off. Then go outside, open your eyes, explore the world around you and do what makes your soul come alive.

When you come back to screen land, set some barriers so you don't get sucked in to the big black hole of screen land. 

Disconnect to reconnect.

Breathe. Welcome back. 

P.S. I’m leaving screen land for 24 hours to plan some big crimes for the @monstasurf world takeover. Love you all xx

Disconnecting in NZ last year. 12 days of hardly any screen time. Just a whole lot of oxygen, hiking & dreaming.  #soulfood

Disconnecting in NZ last year. 12 days of hardly any screen time. Just a whole lot of oxygen, hiking & dreaming. #soulfood

Cam Greenwood