As technology becomes more advanced, we are more prone to give it all of our attention. Between social media, online shopping, and being constantly connected to all of our family, friends, and favorite celebrities, it’s easy to get sucked in. We might be spending way more time on our laptops and phones than we realize. It can become draining, and before we know it, we’re spending way more time on technology than we should. Check out these seven easy ways to disconnect from technology every day:
Make mornings simple
Change up your morning routine and try to do less. Pick out your clothes the night before if you have to. Wake up, stretch, shower, get dressed, and go. Most people do this with the TV on or music blasting. Some people check their social media before they even get out of bed.
See how you feel after the change. Your body and mind will appreciate it.
Turn it off
Some people think putting their phone away for the time being will allow them to focus on whatever it is they are doing. But if it’s still on, you’re more likely to grab it again. If the phone is completely off, not just on silent, you don’t see the notifications pop up or hear it buzz, and you’re less likely to think about it.
Do something constructive
While your phone is off, find a distraction to keep you away from it. Read a book, take a walk, go shopping, go to the library, join a club, etc. There are so many other fun things to do than having your brain being taken over by technology.
Take up a hobby
Maybe there is one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never really had the chance. Or maybe you just want to try something new. Figure out what that is and go for it! Wine tasting? Painting? Making slime? Anything to get your mind going and focus on something else. The more time you spend away from technology, the easier it will start to become.
Things can get a little chaotic, especially while in college. Stop putting it off and actually focus on organizing your space. Do your laundry, straighten up your desk, make your bed, fold the clothes you pulled out of your closet two days ago while looking for an outfit. Not only will doing the things you’ve been putting off keep you busy, but you will also feel better and be more motivated to get things done.
Take a break from social media
Tell yourself that you are taking a vacation from social media. Say it out loud and believe it. Doing this will help it register in your brain to understand that this is going to happen. Disable your account or just uninstall the app on your phone so there is no way to check it. Do this for a few days and see how you feel. In the meantime, force yourself to do something else, and see how productive you become!
Be in the present
Have you ever been with a group of friends and hear everyone laugh but you missed the joke because you were on your phone? Technology takes away from moments like these. Being in the present means being aware of your surroundings and your position. Take the time to get the feel of where you are, and just enjoy the moment. If you’re hanging out with your friends and having a good time, take a few seconds to appreciate where you are. Don’t let technology cause the best moments of your life to fly by.