Putting Down The Phone

If the first step is admitting you have an unhealthy attachment to your phone, the next step is PUTTING IT AWAY (unless you’re reading this on your phone, in which case, let’s make an exception just this once.)

All joking aside, smartphones have done more than change the way we communicate – they’ve altered the way we spend our time, whether we’re alone or enjoying “quality time” with loved ones. Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, we settle for a “face-to-face” Skype chat. Rather than dusting off the board games we used to love, we can download the latest interactive gaming app.

These days, there’s an app for everything – and tech-free (REAL LIFE) activities are becoming increasingly scarce.

Let’s change that, shall we?

Designate phone time in-between tasks.

If you’ve been struggling to stay productive at work, or your phone has become a distraction from daily life, it’s time to set some boundaries! By setting aside phone-free blocks of time, you’ll learn how to readjust your focus and care less about what’s happening online and all of the FOMO that comes with it.

Try something new.

When you try new things your mind if more focused on the unknown and less worried about things that are not occurring in the now. We learn and grow much fast when we are in new environments with new people. Plus, trying new things leads to awesome new friends and hobbies, so it’s a win win.

Download an app that track your time spent on the phone.

Yup, they exist! While it may seem like a conflict of interest, there are apps out there designed to help you spend less time on your smartphone and more time enjoying the world around you. While apps like Moment or Checky provide a breakdown of how many times you check your phone per day and the total time spent. Start with a baseline and try an beat that each week.

Leave the phone behind!

It’s nice to have your phone on you in case of an emergency. We get it. But one sure-fire way to keep yourself phone-free is to ditch it altogether. Go check out that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try – rumor has it that food tastes the same with or without the Instagram photo shoot. Take in the sights on a nature hike – but this time, don’t view it through a screen! Enjoy some quality R & R on the beach. Make time to read that book you’ve been putting on the backburner. Whatever you decide to do, leave the phone at home.

Meditate. (Ommmmmm.)

The entire point of meditation is to rid yourself of distractions and tap into your mind and body. Shut your phone off for a while and enjoy some much needed YOU time. If you feel the need to ween yourself off of your current phone habits, you can even download guided meditation apps (like Calm) to assist you... But we double-dog dare you to take the phoneless route!

Whether you’re doing it for yourself, your friends, your family, or your career, letting go of an unhealthy phone obsession is the perfect first step toward a more fulfilling (non-virtual) life. Sure, you won’t have everything documented on Facebook – but that’s what memories are for… now go out and make some!

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