Welcome to our 12 Days of Digital Detox Challenge! Are you up for it? Sure you are. Click Read More to find out how you can join in and the ultimate guide to how to spend your summer PLUS we snuck in our favourite Homemade Lemonade Recipe!
I totally get it. When the summer holidays finally hit and the pressure of working your usual 9am - 5pm fades away for just a split second, it’s easy to pick up bad habits under the excuse of ‘I’m relaxing’! Especially once all the family arrives, it seems that if we’re not outside trying to keep the little ones busy, we’re tucked up on our phones. From a child’s perspective, I guess it must feel like they’re either getting endless photos taken of them doing goodness-knows-what (because everything they do is cute right?) or they’re being completely ignored. I don’t mean to be frank, but I’m going to be. This year, I’ve realised that I personally need a digital detox more than anyone! Having finished school, and finally launched Lively, I have the opportunity to minimise my time on my devices to only the bare necessities however I always seem to be filling in the time with something else to do on my devices. Perhaps it’s another you-tube video I feel as if I MUST catch up on, or that Netflix series I’ve been dying to watch all year but haven’t had the chance, or even browsing endlessly for a new dress of Christmas Day online.
As someone who struggles with chronic migraines too, I’m sure being on my devices all day long doesn’t exactly help either. So this year, I’m calling it quits. Well, kind of. Rather, I’m hosting a ‘Digital Detox’ 12 Days of Christmas Style and I’m really hoping you’ll join me too.
Let me clarify, first of all, I’m not asking you to lock away your devices (like you might often have to do to your teenager). Rather, this blog post and attached printable is simply a 12 day challenge to inspire you to get outside, get some fresh air and spend some quality time with the people you love this season. If you have all the family joining you this year, this is a lovely opportunity to get everyone on board.
The challenge begins on the 20th of December and continues for the last 12 days of the year until the 31st of December - because I know you’ll all want to be filming and taking photos for the first moments of 2019!
The rules of the challenge are this:
The FREE PRINTABLES are at the bottom of this blog post! You'll find your digital detox printable as well as a BONUS goal setting sheet.
To inspire you to get outside, I’ve listed some of our favourite activities during this time of the year for you! These would be a perfect way to spend the afternoon, or get the kids out of the house.
The following blog posts may also be of interest to you during your detox:
- The Ultimate Guide to a Zero Waste Christmas
- 5 DF / GF Christmas Creations
- Welcome to Summer (here you'll find our summer goals, Christmas playlist and more!)
- 5 Essential Oils DIY's (perfect for last minute gifts and stocking fillers)
- DIY Scent Boosters
- DIY Rose Water / Rose Oil
Although this challenge may be difficult for some, you’ll understand that the benefits (better sleep, more socialisation, reduce headaches/eye strain) are fantastic and will totally make it worth it. Besides, you never know what fun you might have this Christmas, if you really go yourself involved rather than it being background noise to your hourly instagram scroll!
If you have some time this weekend, here are my pre-challenge tips!
Let us know if you’re joining us in this challenge this year and let’s keep up the support for each other (obviously only during your allocated 30 minutes of screen time of course hehe)!
We look forward to digital detoxing with you!
From our home to yours,
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