I remember when I was growing up, my parents would yell at me for watching too much TV or talking on the phone too long. “Go outside! It’s a beautiful day!” They would say. Wow, they would be pulling their hair out in this day and age. We are uber connected in every aspect of life and it’s depriving us of relaxation and peace and it’s piling on the stress. I’m guilty. Guilty of stressing out when I can’t find my phone. Guilty of being a prick to the tech support guy when my internet connection is down. Guilty of being a technology addict. But amidst all of the online chaos, I found a way to unplug. I found peace letting go and I’m healthier and happier for it.
I know there are others out there like me. I’m here to help. Here are three ways that you can unplug from your technology addiction and you will be healthier and happier.
Just Walk Away-I love this. Twice a day I take my dog for a walk. I get up from my laptop. I put my phone down and go for a walk. I enjoy the fresh air, hanging with my dog and just being mindful of the world around me. It clears my head,relieves stress and re-energizes me for the rest of the day. If you’re at work, go outside for a few minutes. Walk around the building. Go get a healthy snack. Just walk away!
Sit in Silence-Meditation has many health benefits. When you’re mind is tired,stressed and overloaded, take a few minutes to let it all go. Sit in silence and clear your head. Just listen to your breath and nothing else. Once again you will return to your tasks energized with a clear mind and ready to go. Here is a great link for short meditations to get you through your day.
Exercise-Many benefits here. Go for a run, or a bike ride. Attend a yoga class. Whatever your method is just do it and leave your technology behind. You will return to your daily activities focused and stress free.
So what are your methods of unplugging?
I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here. Whatever your methods may be, just commit to it and you will be better for it.
Having trouble unplugging? Come see me! We will discuss what’s getting in your way and develop practices that will help you unplug. “Click Here” for your free “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”
If this post has been beneficial or not, I would love your feedback.
Now it’s time to go walk the dog.