If the hustle and bustle of the city keeps calling your name and you don't always have the time to escape to the countryside, you are probably aware of how difficult it is to get away from technology. No matter where you look, there it is. And even though technology makes our lives easier in a lot of ways, it can also be time-consuming and cause issues with both our health and relationships. It doesn't matter if your tweeting, texting, chatting, or gaming, the seemingly innocent time you spend on your phone can be addicting.
Now we're not suggesting you completely remove technology from your life, as we understand its importance. But would it be too much to take a technological timeout? Here are our tips for a digital detox.
- No Phones at the Dinner Table. When you are enjoying a meal with family and friends, turn off the technology. Focus on those around you and make it a priority to maintain critical bonds with each other, not what someone in another state who is posting on Facebook.
- Turn Off Technology Temptation on Vacation. You might want to live stream every moment of your latest adventure, but try to resist the urge. This will allow you to fully experience what you are doing with the people around you. You can always post pictures at the end of the day (or trip!).
- Your Phone Needs A Bedtime. At least one hour before you go to bed, turn off your phone and other electronics. Not only will this allow you to unwind more easily, but you might even sleep better because you won't be exposed to the blue lights from your electronics.
- Time Limit for Technology. Make a conscious effort to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone. Check your email just a few times less. Instead of spending 40 minutes mindlessly scrolling through social media, allow yourself just a 5 minute window at a time. By setting time limits for yourself, you will be more engaged with your surroundings instead of what's going on with your phone.
- Time for Technology-Free Fun. Teenagers might not thing its possible, but you know that it is! Rather than losing time wrapped up in your phone, take part in the world around you! Take a walk in the park with your family, exercise, volunteer, read a book, or even just relax! The options are endless and you'll feel all the better for it.
By starting with these tips, you will be more in touch with the world around you, instead of the one in your phone. Digital detoxes are a great way to nourish both your mind and body, leading to a happier and healthier you.
Do you have more tips for a digital detox? Let us know in the comments!