When was the last time you ditched your phone for the day and actually went out into nature and focused on your surroundings?
I’m gonna assume that your answer to that is not very recently.
Don’t get me wrong, I love social media but I am totally aware of the fact I spend way too much time on my phone and I think most other people do as well. The online world is not all fun and games and I think that it is so important to reconnect with the real world to get away from the online world because they are two very different things.
Now that I am on my summer holiday, I have a lot of free time and do I spend a lot of it on my phone. Sadly the answer to that is a yes. Especially now that I have started blogging again, it means that I spend quite a lot of time updating social media and coming up with ideas for future posts. But this is something that I want to try and step back from and actually embrace reality.
In comparison to other people I don’t actually spend that much time on social media but for me it feels like it’s too much. I feel so blessed to live by the sea and I feel bad that I spend so little time relaxing on the beach and watching the waves because it’s so beautiful. I live near so many nice places and I feel like I’m almost take them for granted sometimes and instead I just sit at home in my pyjamas.
On this day we decided to go hiking, which is something I haven’t done in a very long time and it’s also something that I used to love doing. It felt amazing to get away from my phone which I stashed in my bag, and get out into nature. We ended up walking over 10 miles so that took quite a few hours (with a coffee break in the middle) and it felt great to not be constantly thinking about social media.
As cheesy as this sounds, I felt at one with nature. It was such a stunning walk and the weather was so fabulous and I genuinely felt so grateful to live not that far from here. This is the Seven Sisters walk, near Brighton, for those wondering.
For those who aren’t aware of the term ‘mindfulness’, it’s all about focusing on the present moment and not thinking about the past and the future. I find that walking is a great way to practise it because there is no distractions, it’s just you and your thoughts. This may just be me, but it gives me a chance to reflect on where I am currently and my mood and to just think about the state of my life right now. I am continually trying to better my life and live my best possible life ever which I think other people should do.
You only have one life, which is so cheesy but so true. We’re only going to experience July 2018 once and therefore we should make the most of it and instead of dwelling on the past and planning the future months, just focus on how you can make this month the best month ever.
So going back to the phone thing, by spending hours and hours staring at the screen you aren’t really living your best life. Okay, you could be, but that definitely does not apply to me. I like to achieve things, so you should also think of a thing or other things that you like right now and focus on those.
With the state of climate change and other bad things going on in the world right now, beautiful places like this could potentially no longer be here. Especially when the sea levels rise because of the melting ice, so instead of freaking out about that we should be grateful that places like this exist and spend time there while we still can.
I have no idea if any of that made sense but the basic gist of what I am trying to say is to just live your life now. Stop waiting for things to happen in the future, go out and do stuff that you love and do things while you can so that you don’t have regrets in the future. Basically, get off your phone which is probably damaging your health, and do something fun, breath some fresh air, reflect on where your life is now and work out how you can live the best life you can possible live.
I’m not just writing this to inspire you, I am also writing for my own personal benefit because I need to get off my phone and do more things like this while I can because as soon as I go back to college in September I am not going to have time to do anything like this….
How do you live your best life possible? Do you frequently get out into nature?