Memorial Day is straight ahead, and the 3-day weekend is a great opportunity to kick back in nature, have real-life connections with family and friends, and indulge in a digital detox! Follow the simple steps below to bask in the present moment with less distraction and bring the spark back to your soul.
Avoid checking your phone at red lights. Instead, use the pause to take a couple of deep breathes and notice the nature that's around you.
Use your phone strictly as a camera. If you are attending a gathering where you'll want to take pictures, switch your phone to airplane mode and designate it for snapshot ops only. When you're not playing photographer, put it away.
Ban social media. Commit to going 3 days without looking at or posting on social media. If you start feeling jittery, pick up a good ol' fashioned newspaper, book, or magazine.
Make the bedroom a tech-free zone. Clear your bedroom of all phones, laptops, and tablets for a more restful sleep. If you have a television in your room, resist the temptation to turn it on. Instead, lull yourself into dreamland with soft belly breaths.
If you're not on call, leave your phone at home. I know, sounds outrageous. But when you think about it, it wasn't long in the past when the only phone line we had was inside the home. If the idea of venturing out phone-less seems scary, start small with short outings, such as walking the dog or going to the local market, and build yourself up over the course of the weekend.
Turn notifications off. Ease into your first digital detox by switching off notifications. This will allow you to be reached in case of an emergency without as many distractions as you're used to.
Don't check your e-mail! Don't do it. Let it build up and after the long weekend, unsubscribe from all newsletters that do not serve you. Just like purging unused objects in the home, clearing out mailbox clutter can be incredibly therapeutic.
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