Last month, Arianna Huffington, Cindi Leive and Mika Brzezinski made a vow to take a break from technology. For the sake of their health (and sanity), the three women ditched digital distractions with a seven-day detox from email and social media.
In a Morning Joe segment on Thursday, host Mika Brzezinski chatted with Huffington and Leive about the challenges, and rewards, of learning to let go of technology. Huffington explained that the motivation behind the digital detox, and also behind the Third Metric Live conference, was a conversation with Brzezinski about the need for women to help each other create lives of less stress and greater well-being.
"We started this conversation that was really about, how can we support each other as women to actually create breathing spaces in our lives, to end this addiction, to take care of ourselves at the same time fulfill our obligations?" Huffington said. "That was what really led to the Third Metric."
Making it through seven days without technology, Leive says, made her realize that "the world does not crumble around you" when you disconnect from email and take a little time for yourself.
"If you ask any woman what she wants more of in her life right now, she's going to say time," Leive said. "It's usually just time to herself, not just time to do all those things we do for other people. What we're cheating ourselves out of is time for ourselves, and that has a huge impact on our health."
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