Unplug and enjoy your life!
In our amazing, technology driven world it is easy to feel pressured to be connected. Between social media, email, text messages, and smart phones with notifications for everything, it’s difficult to be really alone for any amount of time during our busy day.
Being able to disconnect from technology, to unplug and enjoy our own company for awhile, is very important. According to Josh Becker of Becoming Minimalist, immersion in the online world can lead to jealousy, discontent, and fear of missing out. This causes undue stress and distracts us from the here and now–it can essentially cause us to miss out on our own lives!
How can we begin unplugging a bit everyday so that we are better able to focus on the things that matter?
1. Schedule breaks.
Work often calls for lots of interaction online via email, phone calls, etc. Mike Robbins recommends taking breaks from technology throughout the day with the intention of building up to entire days spent unplugged. Start small, 15 minutes here and there, and increase from there!
2. Read a book.
Put down the phone, turn off the TV, and spend some time with that book you’ve been wanting read! Reading has a plethora of benefits. Lana Winter-Hebert points out that it has been shown to promote a sense of calm and even lower blood pressure!
3. Get outside.
Being outdoors is great for your health. It’s also a wonderful way to focus on your surroundings and eliminate distractions. Leave your phone at home and go for a walk or spend the afternoon at the park. Take time to relax your mind and breathe in some fresh air!
These are just a few ways to get away from your electronics and enjoy the world around you. However you decide to do it, make sure that you’re spending time engaged with your life and the people around you. It’s a small thing that will help you build more meaningful relationships and live your life to the fullest!
You can learn more about how to declutter your mind and increase your concentration here.