Media Fast Day Six- Life Without Music

Day six 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.


I will admit it, life seems sweeter with music in it. There is something to be said, however, for times of silence and contemplation. I am not talking about fifteen minutes here; I mean periods of time in which you purposefully cut out all the debris of noise and content. Music plays in grocery stores, Starbucks, and even when you’re on hold. You cannot get away from it in daily life, but you can choose not to expose yourself to it for a period of time. It’s hard for me to walk on the beach and not listen to something pretty via headphones, but I have found some really cool things are happening. Since cutting out music I have been more creative, had some really amazing ideas, and even think clearer. If you feel like you’re walking around in a daze all the time, try this media fast. I have also felt more rested, even though I have had considerably less sleep and am accomplishing more. Cut out the unnecessary and fill your life with people and experiences. That is where true happiness comes from. I feel like music helps me to zone out and dream, but silence helps me to live. I am considering keeping this fast going. I like the changes I have experienced in my life. However, I am holding out on my decision until the 14th day. Try it, like it, live it!


Day 1- Media Fast

Day 2- Media Fast

Day 3- Media Fast

Day 5- Media Fast 

Day 6- Media Fast 

Day 7- Media Fast 

Day 8- Media Fast 

Day 9- Media Fast 

Day 10- Media Fast 

Day 11- Media Fast 

Day 14- Media Fast 


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  1. Kate says:

    Headphones: awesome point. From a personal standpoint, having grown up running cross country, I was usually not allowed to run with headphones. After I had graduated from the teams and was running on my own, I tried listening to music during my runs like I saw so many people doing. It was so much easier than the silent runs I was accustomed to! I found myself wondering – why?

    I think the music provided a mental distraction, another voice running through my head instead of “I’m so tired. My legs hurt. It’s too hot. I can’t finish this run.” That’s nice, but one of the greatest benefits of running is its mental effects! Running teaches you laugh in the face of the voice saying “You can’t finish.” Running teaches you to respond to the self doubt: “I have to slow down” by actually running FASTER! Running has proven to me that I am not completely subject to my own mind. I have a choice in how I respond to situations, regardless of how I feel about them, or what I believe about myself at the time. All those good mental effects disappear if you medicate the aches and breathlessness with music!!

    I’m not trying to say you should never run with music, or that it’s bad if you do. I just think you have a great point Jess that you don’t have to be afraid to be just stuck with your own mind, instead of being constantly stimulated by an outside source. Good for you for taking on the challenge!!

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