How times have changed with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – we cannot resist the urge to check our social media every few minutes. Initially I joined FB to stay in touch with family and friends that live all over the world. However, I had no idea how much time it would end up taking out of my daily life. With it also being a business platform it takes up even more time. So what do we do with a form of media that we can no longer live without?
What do we do about it?
It is healthy to have a regular “fast” from our devices. Easier said than done when we have learned to rely on them to wake us up in the morning, scheduling, texting, for directions and surfing for information on where to eat, buy gas etc. We have access to a plethora of information at our fingertips – and we’ve also become hyper-focused.
Five tips to help you detox from your devices:
- Detox with a meditation practice – this will help calm down your nervous system from the constant stimulation and EMF’s. Enjoy the silence and be more present.
- Get outside in nature – take in some fresh air and get some exercise. This helps to clear the mind and being in nature helps us be more grounded and present.
- Find an interesting hobby – find a new way to occupy your time: photography, pottery, or playing a musical instrument.
- Take mini breaks – plan the time to be on social media and email etc. Set up alarms and reminders and stick to the time frames you set for yourself.
- Create no-tech evenings or weekends – set a time for everyone to turn run off all devices. It should be at least one hour before bedtime to allow your system to settle down for a restful sleep. Or plan one evening per week where you play board games instead.