Below I have listed ways you can disconnect today in order to form better connections. How do we disconnect from our devices in a world that forces us to stay connected?
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by technology or just life? Why are we cramping our ability to live joyously?
Below are some simple and easy things you can do right now to get your tech obsession under control.
1. Use your Home Devices to Prompt you when its time to take a break, I know it sounds strange to use one tech for assistance with another but, believe me, it works.
Example “ Alexa remind me in 20 minutes to go outside and walk for 10 minutes–- Or Alexa reminds me to stare at something at a longer distance for 2-5 minutes. This helps when you’ve stared at a screen for long periods.
2. If you want to hang out with someone or visit with them, Just call!. Having a time and date in mind makes it easier.
3. Don’t post frivolous details of your day, we don’t always need to see your food unless this is somehow related to your job.
4. Refrain from posting pictures when you are actually at an event. Plenty of time to post pics later.
5. Take your earbuds out and listen this is especially important for teens. As an added bonus, It’s also not so great for your ears.
6. If you need food just go to the supermarket or farmers market, supermarkets used to be a great place to bump into friends and neighbors.
7. Make time to spend with your family. Take this time to ask someone about their week. Schedule a date night, or family meeting so, you don’t make excuses. And hold yourself accountable -to- each meeting.
8. Get children off their iPads and spending time outdoors.
9. Read a physical book.
10. learn how to cook something and then share it with someone. Invite a friend over, if you are strapped for cash, hold a potluck.
11. If you have fruit trees, take some to a neighbor or friend. Giving to others in the real world vs. virtual world feels great because you get to see their immediate reaction.
12. If you are intent on using social media use it as an opportunity to look up neighborhood events. Participate fully in those events and make sure it is something you like.
13.Participate in your community and volunteer for something even if it is small, like your child’s school. Being a part of a group you have interest in can also connect you with other like-minded people.
14. This is probably by far the most important tip. BE PRESENT. I can emphasize this enough. Enjoy the moments you are living in. Even difficult times can teach important lessons.
Disconnect from social media accounts at least once per month, if it is not your job then consider limiting it. Remember if it is important News-it will be on your local news radio or TV. If it affects you personally someone will reach out to you.