We live in a world that is constantly connected to social media and all the mainstream media outlets 24/7. Often times, people become obsessively consumed with modern technology and can’t even imagine putting their cell phone down or being away from it longer than 2 minutes. This is certainly my generation’s reality. From teenagers to young adults to those in their 30’s and 40’s, the attachment to social media and digital communication is non-stop. We become addicted to the attention; the rush of dopamine when we receive nice comments on selfies and like after like on new photos we’ve posted. Oh, the craving for more attention is rediculous. When does one draw the line? When does one say enough is enough and take a break? Now. Right now! I have put together 10 helpful tips for you to follow so life’s windows can be open and the air of opportunity can be free-flowing without comparison, obsession, and attachment.
- Dedicate one day to shutting your cell phone off for the entire day. We recommend Sunday; the day of the week where relaxing should be a top priority.
- Go out to dinner and leave your cell phone at home. Yes, I can tell you it’s going to feel super weird when you’re waiting for your food and thinking to yourself, ” What did people do to kill time before cell phones?” I did this last weekend and it felt a bit odd but gave me a different perspective and I was able to better observe and be aware of my surroundings.
- Before you go to bed, hook your phone up to a charging station outside of your bedroom or at least out of reaching distance from your bed. This will help you from being tempted to stare at your phone all night. It will also keep you from looking at your phone first thing in the morning.
- Turn off Push Notifications on your social media accounts so you don’t get an alert every time someone “likes” or “comments” on one of your various media platforms. Trust me, this one is going to relieve a lot of bothersome stress and distractions. Not every notification needs your attention.
- Unfollow and Unfriend people who are toxic to your energy and those who are not actually your friends in real life. Only keep people around are uplifting and do not take, take, and take without ever contributing anything to your life and wellbeing. That person came to mind, didn’t they? Get rid of them.
- If you work in Social Media, like me and manage several different accounts, plan your posts ahead of time to save you time and energy. Apps like Hootsuite, Buffer, and Preview help a great deal in relieving you of the demanded stress that comes from when having to constantly post on various social media accounts on a daily basis.
- Give yourself breaks throughout the day, let’s say an hour here and an hour there, to set your phone aside and not look at it so you can give your attention to the tasks you need to accomplish rather than wasting away looking at your Instagram aimlessly while you compare your life to other people when you should be focused on building your own life into something you can be proud of.
- Make a to-do list and keep it handy so you can glance it at throughout the day and be reminded of where your priorities need to be so you can stay on course to the important things that need to get done.
- Get a new hobby such as painting, writing, reading, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, running, making jewelry, scrapbooking, gardening, knitting, photography, learn to play an instrument, yoga, volunteering, run a side business, take a class of interest to you at the local community college or online, gaming, and well the list could just go on on. That should at least get you started.
- Carry a book with you at all times so when you need something to do or kill time, you can just get your book out and read read read. This is a much better investment in your time and energy.
With this break in digital media, you will find yourself being more creative. We would love to hear your feedback after 1-2 weeks of trying to these tips. Let us know how your life has changed and hopefully improved in major ways! Good luck and enjoy the beautiful world around you, here and now. #LivePresent
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