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December 06, 2018

How to Switch Off from Your Digital Life

How to Switch Off from Your Digital Life

In our digital world, it can be easy to feel like you are stuck in a rut of endless scrolling and liking. Nearly everyone is online. This can be a major factor that will make you feel like you are wasting your life behind the screen of your phone or laptop. To get out of this slump, you need to switch off from your digital life. Here are some helpful tips for doing so.

Stop Bringing Your Phone (News - Alert) to Bed

We are all guilty of this habit. After a long day, it is tempting to lie in bed and scroll through your phone or laptop to see what you ‘missed’ during the day.

Your phone is not your spouse, so stop cuddling up with it when you go to bed. Not only will this allow you to get more and better restful sleep, but it will also be a great first step in cutting the invisible string that connects you and your phone.

Phone-Free Meals

Whether you are by yourself, at your family dinner table, or out with friends, it is always a good idea to make it a phone-free environment.

For families, make it a rule that there are no phones at the table. Your teenager may not like the rule, but dinner is the only time that the family can be together for undivided attention. Trust me, your teen will thank you after they get over their “I hate everything” phase.

If you go out with your friends, have everyone place their phones in the center of the table. Make it a rule that if anyone grabs their phone during the meal, that person has to pay for the whole table’s food. Not only is this a good way to spend quality time, but it is also pretty great when someone with weaker will-power than you must pay for your steak.

Challenge Yourself

Life happens while you are busy scrolling through your news feed. Do not get caught missing important moments with friends and family just because you wanted to scroll through Facebook (News - Alert).

Challenge yourself to at least stay off your phone while you around those who are important to you. They will be thankful, and eventually, so will you.

You should also challenge yourself to take in your surroundings when you are in public. When you are on public transportation, look around and take note of those around you. This is a great way to meet people that you may have never known if you only had eyes for your phone’s screen.

If necessary, allot yourself a certain amount of time to leisurely be on technology per day. Stay strict on the amount of time that you are allowed. This technique is sure to help you escape from the grip of technology.

Enjoy the Wonders of Nature—Without the Social Media Posts

A great way to escape from the virtual reality of a digital life is by going out and doing activities outdoors. This also means fully immersing yourself in the moment and not taking pictures and videos to post later on your favorite social media site. Whether it be camping, skiing, or deep sea fishing, don’t let yourself become one with your cell phone. You can even take this further and plan for these nature adventure trips to somewhere overseas!

The Bottom Line

If you are too busy having fun, you will not even think about checking your phone. You’ll be too busy living your best life instead of taking photos of it.

Technology is ingrained in our daily lives, and for many, it may feel like their phone is glued to their hand. It is important to know the boundaries of your digital life so that you don’t let it take over your normal life.

Whether you decide to limit yourself to two hours a day or you decide to make your friends go on a weekend camping trip, you can learn to switch off your digital life.

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