A little over nine months ago, I began this journey with our 24Life editorial team, taking part in monthly challenges to explore and experiment with a variety of innovative activities, experiences, wellness trends and workouts—each inspired by thinking of new ways to live out our four-pillar philosophy of health (Mindset, Movement, Nourishment and Regeneration).
Some of these activities have been uncomfortable, some downright strange, some a total blast and some very enlightening. My mantra is “Game On!” but my enthusiasm was slightly tempered by doubts when I learned challenge this month was a two-day digital detox—no phone, no computer, no iPad, no TV, no tracking wearables, no Alexa, no Audible! Nada. What’s more, this detox was to take place during a high-stakes month, when communication was required across all aspects of my life.
I am also a steadfast believer that the human mind is incredibly powerful, and understand that unplugging can make us capable of so much more creativity, spirituality, healing and understanding. I could have opted for a weekend at an official digital retreat, such as those offered by Digital Detox Retreats, But I was curious to discover how I would manage the daily demands of professional and personal life, so I chose to create my own program and schedule.