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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dunk

Digital Detox: Unplug and Reconnect with Yourself

Let's talk about something that's become a bit of a modern-day addiction: our phones. Now, don't get me wrong—I love scrolling through social media and staying connected with loved ones as much as the next person. But when you're going through treatment, it's easy to find yourself glued to your screen more than ever before.

I get it. When you're dealing with the ups and downs of treatment, your phone can feel like a lifeline—a source of distraction, information, and connection all rolled into one. But here's the thing: spending too much time plugged in can actually do more harm than good.

But what if I told you there's a better way to pass the time—one that doesn't involve staring at a screen for hours on end? Enter the digital detox—a chance to unplug and reconnect with yourself in a meaningful way.

So, the next time you find yourself reaching for your phone during chemo, why not try one of these screen-free activities instead:

  1. Dive into a Good Book (or Audiobook): There's nothing quite like getting lost in a great story. Bring along a book or e-reader and escape into a world of adventure, romance, or mystery.

  2. Get Creative: Bring out your inner artist with some creative expression. Whether it's doodling in a sketchbook, coloring in a coloring book, or writing in a journal, tapping into your creativity can be incredibly therapeutic.

  3. Practice Mindfulness: Use this time to practice mindfulness and meditation. Close your eyes, focus on your breath, and let go of any tension or stress you may be holding onto.

  4. Connect with Others: Strike up a conversation with your fellow patients or healthcare providers. You never know who you might meet or what stories you might share.

  5. Watch a Movie: Okay, I know I said no screens, but sometimes a good movie can be just what the doctor ordered. Choose something uplifting, funny, or heartwarming to lift your spirits during treatment.

Remember, the goal isn't to completely eliminate screen time from your life—it's about finding a healthy balance that allows you to recharge and reconnect with yourself. So, the next time you're tempted to reach for your phone, why not take a moment to unplug and tune into the world around you?

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