Day five of my fourteen day media fast where I don’t watch TV, listen to music, watch movies, stalk people on social media, or listen to the news.
This is our second day at the beach on a “workacation”. We dubbed this term since just calling this a vacation brings different thoughts to everyone’s minds. Rini and I traveled to the beach to regroup, replan, and refocus while working in a different setting. Day two here and needless to say I am missing the mind numbing effects of television and music right about now. But that’s not the point of today’s post.
What I want to say is there is only so much information I can hold in my mind. At this point in my life, I technically have started three small businesses. I guess I love to challenge myself and learn new things, but with the steep learning curve of many of my projects I have little processing room in my brain left. Plus, if you account for all the completely useless information I can’t help but remember, I am completely tapped out!
Mental exhaustion is a problem I suffer from often, but I am surprised that it has lessened significantly since cutting out TV, music, and media. I mean, don’t get me wrong I am still stuck in front of a screen for hours, but it’s not the same. I found that for me, thinking creatively and constructively (depending on my task) doesn’t cause the same mental exhaustion as mentally checking out for a period of time in front of the television. This had me questioning why this was the case. Isn’t actively thinking supposed to cause more mental stress? Anyways, I ended up Googling it. (This is my go-to strategy for anything I don’t know in life. Don’t know? Google it!)
The search for “effects to television on the brain” brought up a lot of interesting information. Below is a link from Psychology Today which discusses the overall effects of television on the brain and mood. I am not going to try to convince you not to ever watch TV so I will not repeat any facts, but the overall search was pretty convincing. I am considering extending the fast or at least limiting the amount of digital content I consume.
Interesting day overall. I am physically tired, but very content. I am glad I chose to do the fast over vacation. My fast has enabled me to be more present in my life and aware of the people and places I see. It’s wonderful. If you haven’t already, I would definitely start a media fast. It is worth trying.