Spending a day away from your Phone
No vacation is complete without some time away! The same goes for your phone! To strike a healthy phone/life balance you need some time away. Today we’ll be talking about what you can do with that time away and how you can recharge so you’re ready to be back in the same space with your phone.
Go on a Sensory Walk
This is a great option whether you’re human or puppy! Puppies and dogs need time to just explore rather than march from place to place. People need that sensory time too! When you’re spending a day away from your phone, grab your furry friend or borrow one from a local shelter and go on a sensory walk. Feel the breeze, smell the flowers, hear the birds chirping, and just spend the day doing something out of the ordinary. It may take a bit of time to adjust to not snapping pictures with your phone or scrolling for a song to match with your walk but you’ll soon be experiencing nature in a whole new way.
Learn a New Skill
Break out the cookbooks and the how-to guides! This time away from your phone is an excellent place to start if you want to learn or perfect a new skill. Borrow actual paper and binding books from the library on how to crochet, knit, bake, or sculpt clay. Instead of scrolling through a dozen new recipes, visit your local library or bookstore to find what you need to learn something new.
Every time you find yourself reaching for your phone, do some exercises. Reaching for your phone can be quickly replaced with a few jumping jacks or burpees. You’ll find yourself sweating and working out all over the house but you won’t break out your phone during this time!
Set-up a Coffee Date
Rather than simply texting your friends, set up a time to meet in person. Invite them over for coffee or check out a local coffee shop in your area. Focus on listening to what they have to say and engaging in face-to-face conversation. You’ll soon forget you ever wanted to look at your phone plus you can enjoy some amazing coffee and rekindle your friendships!
Whether you prefer books, manga, comic books, newspapers, or magazines, sit down and read! While it may feel a little foreign at first, reading is a great way to keep your mind sharp and active. If reading what’s on the page isn’t quite your cup of tea, pull up an audiobook that engages your imagination. Your social media news feed doesn’t have anything on a good book or article!
Taking a day away from your phone can seem like a waste of time. But being able to disconnect from social media and reconnect with friends, learn a new skill, read a book, or even get in a little extra exercise is well worth the time away. Taking time away is one of the best ways to keep your phone and life balanced and stay engaged with what’s happening around you rather than just what is online.