Tips for Detoxing Your Life | and why it's so important


I had the privilege of interviewing Brooke Snow  about her new Digital Detox Your Life course. If you've followed me for awhile, you've heard me talk about how important this issue is for me in the motherhood stage of life. You can read more about my thoughts in my post Truths I wish I had Had Known Before Buying an iPhone. brookesnow I first met Brooke when I was a student in her photography class Advanced Pro. I instantly fell in love with her approach and methods for capturing authentic photographs. Brooke's joy is uplifting and encouraging and she has inspired me to feel content with the gifts life has given me!.

So, join me in learning from Brooke on tips for detoxing your life and why it's so important!

1. What made you design this course?

I created the Digital Detox Your Life course, because I personally needed it. I needed my own system for living in harmony with technology.  I absolutely love the internet. But like most people, there is a love/hate relationship there.  I wanted to move that balance more in favor of loving the internet without experiencing the tension that often exists as well.  But doing so requires setting boundaries.  The Digital Detox course focuses on both the quality of our experience as well as the quantity.  When people hear the word "detox" they mainly think about quantity.  How many times have you seen a facebook friend announce that they're leaving social media? Or seen people take a complete break--often times to return later?  The typical approach to dealing with the tension we experience is to quit or take breaks, but it doesn't address the root of the issue regarding why the conflict exists to begin with.  The Digital Detox course is a fun look at ways that we can improve our experience (upping the quality) while also seeing ways that we can better manage our time. (improving the quantity.) The end goal is to develop a digital lifestyle that is sustainable longterm and supports us living a positive life.
2. How to keep this goal top of mind throughout the day. I have the best intentions and easily slip back into old bad habits.
A lot of the conflict that we feel with our digital habits is softened when we clean up the quality.  If you cleanse your friend list or unfollow toxic people who don't contribute to an uplifting experience for you, you'd be amazed at how the environment there changes.  (And how much less new content there is to scroll through ;)  But the course doesn't just focus on Social Media. It encompasses all of our digital habits.
My absolute favorite "habit" fix, involves changing our default from consuming to creating.  Most people default to checking their phones, or screens when they are bored, have a moment that is unstructured time pop up, or because of other triggers that send them intoconsuming information mode.  The most important habit to change is changing the default. It doesn't mean that you can't consume, but if we can change that default to creating something FIRST, then it's rather remarkable what that opens up for us in our life.  I define creating really broadly.  In simplest terms, that could simply mean improving upon something. Whether that is improving relationships, spaces, work, or projects.  We often shy away from some of those things because we think it takes too much time or is too hard to get started.  I advocate just doing one small thing. Just do the first step in whatever you are creating.  If you still want to go consume after that, then fine. But usually, it's the first step that is the barrier, and amazing energy and confidence and enthusiasm follows when we get started creating something else.
3. What are the ways our kids and families are suffering because of this? 
All relationships suffer when we don't give adequate time to nurturing those relationships.  We all know that being present goes beyond being in the same room together.  Or spending time together.  Quality is key.  Simone Weil said, "Attention is the rarest purest form of generosity."  I think that is one of the most profound thoughts.  When we give our attention to our screens when someone in our family is trying to talk to us, or when we could be enjoying time together, we are implying that the screen is more important.  One habit that I try to do is simply to look at people when they talk to me.  Give my full attention.  It is generous. It shows love. It helps those closest to us to feel their importance.  It's such a small change that can yield amazing improvement in our relationships.
Life and relationships are built upon really tiny moments.  Moments that often don't happen unless there is an invitation from simply giving someone your attention.
4. What are some tips for slowly working towards detoxing? Or does it need to be a clean cut?


I don't believe in making a clean cut with technology! ha ha!  But I do believe in setting boundaries. The most supportive approach to detoxing our relationship with technology is one that can be sustainable long term. How to live with it in harmony.  That starts with improving the quality and quantity.

Some tips for detoxing?
-Clean up your feeds. Whether that is email, social media, blogs, t.v.  When you unfollow or unsubscribe from media or people that are toxic or simply don't contribute a positive and uplifting experience for you (even things as little as consistent annoyance and jealousy are grounds for unfollowing in my opinion) you dramatically improve your experience.
-Consider deleting certain apps from your phone.  I deleted facebook from my phone and it was magical.  It confined my facebook time to my desk top computer, which pretty much meant that I was checking in once a day and not fifty million ;) It took me two years to gather up the courage, but I also deleted my email app from my phone earlier this year.  I was so attached and had the belief that to be a good business professional I needed to always be checking and responding--though ironically i never responded from my phone because i hate writing emails from my phone--.  Once it got deleted I again was restricted to only checking email on my desk top computer. Magically, I do better than ever before at keeping my inbox in control, because I can actually respond when it is checked. It's made a world of a difference.  If people need me, they can text :)
-Change your default to creating things before consuming things :)
All in all, you see that setting up these little type of boundaries help improve our digital experience to be one that is not only more balanced, but also more inspiring.

Brooke Snow delights in the pursuit of a meaningful life. Sign up for her FREE e course “Living A Thriving Life” to learn more about how to find true balance in your life. Brooke lives in Northern Utah with her calm husband, adventurous 5 year old son and bouncy baby girl.