Scheduled Media Blackout

Hello everyone!

This is just a quick message to let you know that I’m going into hiding for a bit, a full media blackout, starting tomorrow for the whole week.

Well, it means I’ll be MIA on here, via email and all my social media platforms for a week. No TV, no smart phone, no Kindle (well, maybe my Kindle, because man I need to read some of my ARCs).

Well, I’ve been having a really stressful time of it at the moment, blogging has elleviated it for sure but between work being insanely busy, family life having it’s inevitable ups and downs (although admittedly they’ve been far more frequent and in quicker sucession than usual), running the house, bills and the deadlines for my two year diploma coming to a conclusion – it’s been … a lot.

All these things come with the added effects of too much screen time: making calls, writing texts, emails, essays, reports, surfing the web and scrolling social media. Eliminating screen time is at least something I can control, and it also comes with the added bonus of no work emails.

I’ve booked the week off work and I’m set to dog-sit at my boyfriend’s parents house (they have a bull dog, jack russell and a cockapoo) so my plan is to take a stack of paperbacks, radio on in the background for news and with my brick of a phone present only for emergencys and my daily calls to my Nan, else she’d worry. If I want to write I’ll use pens and paper, old school and scan them in after. I’m weirdly excited, if it weren’t for this blog I think I could easily forgo social media forever anyway.

Well, you don’t need to but I wanted to let you know anyway. I guess this can serve as a warning against excessive screen time since I’ve been having side effects I can’t entirely put down to stress. I’m talking constant headaches, this annoying twitch in my left eye, lack of sleep and hand cramps (from typing though, not the screen). I’m hoping this week helps, I may even make it a more common exercise if it works out well. Maybe a day a month or a day a week? Who knows?

I’ll have my scheduled posts still going up but I won’t be responding to emails, comments or posting any of my own,  though I will catch up with it all when I return from my stay-cation.

Until next time!

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