Happy Valentine's Day friends! I hope it's filled with lots of love and of course chocolate. That is unless you are giving up chocolate for Lent. Because for the first time since 1945, the two fall on the same day, making this quite the dilemma for some. Now for me, while I was raised Catholic in the loosest sense of the terms, it is not something I practice, but I have always enjoyed participating in Lent. Partly because I think it's a good practice to give up something you love to see that you can. So this year, I'm not giving up my favorite food, but instead something even more important to me. My phone.
So now let's be real. I'm obviously not giving up my phone in totality. I can't even give up social media because of work. But where I can give it up is in the bedroom. If you're like me, you get into bed and instead of going straight to bed you scroll through Instagram or answer a few more work emails. In the middle of the night if I wake up and can't sleep, I always reach for my phone. And basically every study ever says the worst thing to do. Then come morning, my phone is alarm so the first thing I do is scroll through Twitter to see what's up, check my notifications and before I know it, I've wasted a solid 30 minutes. So for 40 days I am saying goodnight to my phone, allowing my bedroom to be a peaceful and phone free space.
I set up a little charging station in the kitchen a while back and already kept my work phone out there. (It would take something like the St. Louis Arch falling down for me to get called into work in the middle of the night and if that happened, well they'd be calling all my phones.) So I will put my ringer up on the phone in the case there is an emergency. I'm a pretty light sleeper so I think I will hear it in the kitchen (just ringer, notifications are muted at night).
I'm excited to take that time before bed and focus more on reading my book, snuggle with Ellie or simply going to be a little earlier. I do think it's going to be a challenge. I will be the first to admit that I am addicted to my phone. When I try to shut it off for an hour to get some work done, I get antsy and find myself constantly reaching for it. So I am hopeful this will help with that addiction and provide a little more balance in my life. Have you banished your phone from the bedroom? What are you giving up for Lent? Let me know!
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