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  • Writer's pictureGeorgina Sturmer

Switching off: Are you planning to go 'monk mode'?

Are you feeling the need to switch off? It can be hard to set healthy boundaries on our devices when we have become wired to respond quickly to everything that we receive. Maybe 'monk mode' is the answer. Choosing to step away from technology and switch off. I spoke to The Telegraph all about 'monk mode', and you can find the article here.

I think that ‘monk mode’ is absolutely a response to the idea that we need to be accessible 24/7. It’s as if technology has stealthily crept up on us, drawing us in with the excitement and benefits of connectivity.  And now we’re left looking at our lives and wondering if we really are better off - or have we been sold a kipper.  

The challenge with digital culture is that it’s so addictive.  Apps, website and media channels have all been designed to draw us in and keep us hooked.  This can make it really difficult for us to draw boundaries and stick to them.  That’s where ‘monk mode’ comes in.  Sometimes the only solution is to ‘just say no’ and step away in order to break habits, reduce our anxiety levels, and remind ourselves about the real world.  

Declaring that we are in ‘monk mode’ is also about building in accountability.  If we tell the world that we are switching off, then other people will notice if we fail to keep up our end of the bargain.  I believe that there’s also a link with confidence and self-esteem.  There’s a certain bravery around choosing to switch off in a culture that demands us to be ‘always on’.  It’s difficult to take this step if you’re scared about missing out, or if you need to keep up with what’s going on around you.  But if you feel confident in yourself, your relationships and your ability to make life choices without the ping of your phone, then ‘monk mode’ might be just the ticket.  

It’s possible that there’s something faddish about the terminology, as if it’s just a new bandwagon to jump on.  However, I’m firmly convinced of the value of turning off.  Allowing our minds and bodies the opportunity to step away from the distraction of the online world, and connect with what’s really important to ourselves.  

And while we might feel as if ‘monk mode’ is something that’s new and cool and influencer-led, remember that the concept of mindfulness and meditation have been around for thousands of years.  

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Switching off: Are you planning to go 'monk mode'?

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