Do you get cell phone separation anxiety? Take time to unplug from technology.
May 15, 2017
How often should you unplug from technology?
(15 ways to do this every night)
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
In our technology-driven world, it’s no secret that many people today are putting more minutes into their virtual life every day and that time can add up. We become so interested in other people’s lives and existence that it starts to take away from our own.
THIS IS CRAZY!
For me, this can create a love-hate relationship with technology. I love the entertainment and efficiency as much as the next girl but I definitely see a difference in my mindset and attention to my physical world when I’m using my smartphone vs. when I take time to unplug. What we see online can greatly affect our mental diet and every so often it’s important to fast from our virtual world to clear out all of the toxins. If you are consistent with this practice it can greatly improve your daily attitude, personal relationships, concentration, and most importantly your relationship with yourself.
I always hear my parents and elders talk about how strange it is that my generation doesn’t know what it’s like to live without a cell phone, or have to pick up a phone and call to talk to someone instead of the instantaneous text message. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more! I have day dreamt about a life without my cell phone but these days it’s essential to have it to even function in our society. It’s even becoming an addiction to many people. I think it’s important to have your standards when it comes to technology use on a daily basis.
The easiest way to do this is to enforce daily healthy habits. For me, the more difficult it is to take time away from my technology the more I know I need to. Separating myself always allows me to get real with myself and reset my brain. It’s crazy for me to think just how much time we are increasingly spending as a species on technology just in my lifetime. Why should we spend so much time being distracted with a false reality and noninteractive with our physical reality? It’s important to be conscious of this and create time to be completely separated from technology in our daily lives.
One of the best times of day to unplug for me is early and the morning and late at night. Take a consistent hour or two without your phone in sight to take a complete break from the tech world. I find this most effective when I do this every day. I always try to eat my meals without looking at my phone and when I plug my phone in at night to charge I leave it alone. I separate whatever is going on with me and what ever is going on, on my cell phone. On the weekends I try to disconnect with the virtual world even more. Finding some solid ways to unwind without relying on technology can totally increase your mood!
Here are my favorite 15 ways –
- Read a book
- Take a bath
- Go on a walk
- Make a tasty meal
- Clean up your environment
- Write a poem or two
- Get a workout in
- Paint a masterpiece
- Play with your pup
- Plan out your next day
- Go out in Nature
- Take a drive up the canyon
I highly recommend a movie on Netflix called “innsaei,” which is a documentary about two women who set out on a journey to discover why it’s important to connect with our intuition and inner self and the best ways to do this. This movie helped me understand the importance of getting more in tune with myself through various examples of how being in tune with our intuition can positively impact our life.