A resolution I had for this year was to be more present in the moment and spend less time on electronic devices. Of course that didn’t happen because of COVID and also restarting my blog again, but I like to make a conscious effort to leave the technology behind every now and again. When I say screen time, I don’t just mean phones. I mean tablets, mobile phones, laptops, tv’s and any other device that has a screen! Today we’ll go through some tips on how to reduce your screen time and be more present in the moment.
SET TIME LIMITS
Setting a time limit may sound like a daunting task for some – me included. Limit how often you check an app such as Facebook, and once the time is over don’t go on it again until your next time slot.
It’s so easy to become consumed by social media, we often forget how to live in our real lives. Sometimes we can even develop a warped view of what life is actually like because of over consumption of social media. We spend hours looking and other people’s lives we forget to live our own. So setting a time limit will still give you that fix we all so desperately need but will allow a great balance between life online and real life in person.
LEAVE IT AT HOME
Just ditch your phone or whatever other device it is. Going for a walk? Leave it at home. Going shopping? Leave it at home. Going to a family’s house? Leave it at home. Of course there are situations where you do need your phone, especially if an emergency situation could happen! Then you want to make sure you have it with you. But if you are just going to the shop really fast, why take it? What difference will it make if it’s with you or not? Ditch the phone.
SWITCH IT OFF
Sounds obvious but for some it’s not. I’m guilty of doing this myself but my phone is rarely off. I don’t even turn it off at night. I actually couldn’t tell you the last time I turned it off. I’m preaching to myself here.
Why do we feel the need to have it on at night? I’m asleep, so why on earth do I need it on. Turning it off can help so much because your sub conscious knows it’s off, which will actually help you sleep better. Some nights I wake up randomly and check my phone because I know it’s on. So turn it off at night and enjoy a better less restless sleep.
DO A DIGITAL DETOX
What is a digital detox Olivia? Well let me explain…
“Digital detox refers to a period of time when a person voluntarily refrains from using digital devices such as smartphones, computers, and social media platforms.“– Wikipedia
You set yourself a period of time where you put away your devices and don’t pick them up until the timer is up. I’ve watched a few YouTube videos of people who have done this and they have never looked back. They noticed how much happier they were and how much more they got done. It’s amazing to think that technology might actually be hindering us from the things we need to do in life.
There are many benefits of reducing your screen time of course, but these are the main benefits you’ll see if you decide to ditch those screens.
1. Better sleep
2. More productive
3. More active
4.Reduced anxiety & stress
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET AWAY FROM TECHNOLOGY? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU CAN SHARE?
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