How To: Media Fast

How To: Media Fast

Abby Stone
Apr 17, 2008

WHAT!? No TV? Are you CRAZY? No, we're doing a media fast. Like any kind of fast, this kind of cleansing is tough but the benefits are worth it. We use it when we're trying to jumpstart our creativity and it really works. For those of you planning one (it's one of this week's optional assignments for our Spring Curees), here are some tips from the frontlines that may make the experience a little more pleasant.

    Don't go cold turkey. This is a challenge and will need a little planning. Decide on a day you will start and what will you include. Will you only refrain from watching television or will you include other media as well? We try to skip all media -- reading, television and music with words.
    Draw up a list of projects. Knitting, organizing, crafting, scrapbooking, sewing, woodworking, painting, biking, running and cooking are all good activities.
    Up your activity level. Schedule walks, runs, bike rides and trips to the beach or the woods this week. Leave the IPod at home, turn off the radio and really listen -- to the people around you, to the world around you, to your inner monologue.
    Learn a new skill. We're planning to teach ourselves cake decorating during our next fast. A friend started training for a marathon during her's; another started the novel she'd been dragging her feet on beginning.
    Explore new neighborhoods. With all that extra time on your hands, now's a good time to get out and see the world, maybe even meet your neighbors. Or host an old-fashioned cocktail party; drinks and conversation are fun.
    Meditate. We use media to drown out our inner voices. You may find yourself emotional this week. Take care of yourself -- eat right, take baths, spend time with friends, listen to classical music, journal.

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