- Delete, delete, delete. Remove the apps that you can’t seem to ignore. Yes, this is a hard one, but after a few days you won’t be worrying about status updates or the latest celebrity gossip.
- Buy a camera. Many of us use our smartphones as our camera. Of course, it’s convenient, but imagine if you just packed your camera for a day at the beach or local fair. You could focus better on the people you’re with and take just as many photos.
- Turn it off. When you get on a plane, train, or the car for a long trip – turn off your phone. Tuck your smartphone safely into your bag and place it in the overhead compartment, now instead focus on that book you haven’t had time to read or simply chill out and let your brain go quiet.
- Escape. Go on a vacation (even for the weekend) to a place where reliable Internet is hard to find. In no time, you’ll forget about the Internet and instead find yourself truly relaxing and enjoying your vacation.
We urge you to try one, three, or all of these small unplugging steps. You’ll stress less, worry less, be more present, and sleep better. These are health benefits we can all use more of.
The trade-offs for unplugging can’t be beat: better attention levels, being more involved in the lives of your family and friends, improved immunity
, better mental and emotional health, and a real feeling of freedom.
Not knowing what is going on at all times really can be good for you. You can’t worry about what you don’t know. Focus on your day, your family, your friends, and what you can really control – this doesn’t require a beeping, buzzing smartphone.
And yes, we understand that it’s not possible to give up your smartphone or other digital devices. So many of us rely on these devices for work, but be aware of how these devices have managed to creep into your daily life.