Why I Love to Unplug + How You can Too
A couple years ago I learned that turning and keeping my phone on silent / vibrate significantly improved my life. No, really, hear me out! It all started one day when I was googling “How to reduce stress”. This little gem popped up:
“Turn your mobile device ringtone to the lowest volume setting or vibrate to help reduce stress + anxiety.”
Really? That’s it? I can get on-board with that RIGHT MEOW.
- You don’t have to worry about being that person at the movie theater who forgot to turn their phone off
- You’re not constantly living around the sounds + obnoxious ringtones chiming from your purse or back pocket (This is what did it for me!)
- You feel freakin' free from the world
- The sound of others' phones relentlessly sounding off is sometimes unbearable ;)
My VERY favorite part is that I can basically be reached when I want to be reached. Essentially, it's my way to "unplug" from the world on the daily. I love how I’m not living around my phone or the convenience (...or nuisance? you decide.) of being reached that our mobile devices give us and others.
Here are some other tricks to unplug + live in the NOW
Ditch scrolling Facebook / Insta while walking.
Take a look around and enjoy your view(s) of nature. Try to spot something that you’ve never noticed before!
Get a real life old school alarm clock. (Warning: THIS IS A GAME-CHANGER.)
While using your smartphone as your morning alarm clock is super handy + convenient…it also makes it super handy + convenient to lay in bed a peruse social media for 30 minutes before getting up for the day. THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE TIME YOU’LL ADD TO YOUR DAY! Use this time to do something good for yourself.
No phones at the dinner table.
We always try our hardest to enjoy the meal + company at dinner time. Who knows, you might learn something new about your significant other or kids when your phone isn’t in your face!
Do something physical, like take a hike, with your friends. Go for a walk, take a yoga class together, get outside, just go! ... When you're socializing and being physical, you're less likely to multi-task with social media or be on your phone. Enjoy the HERE + NOW.
ditch the notifications.
I prefer not to get a notification every single time someone "likes" a post or "mentions" me in a post on Facebook / Insta. It actually stresses me out a little. Checking social media on my own time + terms allows me to take control of my time spent on Social Media and not feeling like I constantly need to be checking out what's going on.
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What are your thoughts? How do you unplug from the world?