Ways to Unplug from Technology and Recharge
You can make as many excuses as you’d like about needing to check your email or monitor the status of your social media feed, but the truth is we all need to unplug and disconnect from our digital worlds at some point in the day and during the week.
Whether you’re a workaholic or find it challenging to put your phone down, you should admit to yourself that it’s an addiction. You should make it a healthy habit to put away your phone and be present or do something you enjoy. By the way, “being busy” is not something you should be proud of and it’s important for you to recognize the difference between being a workaholic or a high performer.
As Jullien Gordon, a recovering workaholic puts it, “A high performer works hard in healthy sustainable ways and feels happy and inspired. A workaholic works hard in unhealthy unsustainable ways and feels unhappy and burned out.”Here are some of my favorite ways to unplug and recharge and it helps me be more productive later.
- Write in a journal
Writing can help clear your mind and relieve stress and help you reflect. Keeping a journal can also help you track any personal goals, process life’s events or situations.
- Write a letter or card to someone
Send a letter or write a ‘thank you’ note to a loved one or colleague.
- Compose a new blog entry
You probably might not make enough time for your blog, so disconnect from your mobile phone and set aside time to update your latest blog post.
- Go for a run
As with any form of exercise, running can help relieve stress, keep your mind and body healthy and boost your self-confidence after a run. Running has been transformative to my life.
Walking is such a calming ritual to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine. Try incorporating it and you’ll agree.
- Yoga or Stretching
All of those tense shoulders and muscles need some stretching. Do some movements to help you release some of that tension in your body.
- Hit the gym
Something happened to me when I stopped using my phone at the gym—I started working out better and more efficiently. I was able to concentrate better on my exercises. Try it.
- Go on a hike
Trees are good for your health and exercising outdoors has many positive effects too.
- Spend time with loved ones
Spending quality time with your loved ones can help give you a boost of confidence, motivation, help you relax, vent and even enjoy some good food. Make time to schedule this frequently.
- Help someone else
Give your undivided attention to someone who might benefit from your time. It could be an individual who’s been seeking your mentorship or guidance or a family member who needs some of your attention. Volunteering your time to an organization is a great way to help you unplug and stay unplugged from your digital world. It’ll help you focus on being present.
- Check your posture
Sitting in front of your computer and checking the screen of your smart phone is hurting your posture. Make sure you’re stretching every 25-30 minutes when you’re sitting at your desk or using your computer.
- Eat some fruit
Sitting down and enjoying a big bowl of watermelon cube is so satisfying. Treat yourself to fruits that you love the most.
- Drink some water
Most of us aren’t drinking enough water. I like to drink warm water with lemon as often as possible.
- Watch a TED Talk
Listen to some of the remarkable TED speakers on your TV app or mobile device, just be sure not to peek into your email inbox or social channels!
- Read a Book
You’ll be amazed just how rewarding one hour of uninterrupted reading can feel.
- Watch a foreign film
You’ll learn something new.
- Self Improvement
I like learning new skills or setting goals to help with my personal development. Invest time in yourself. You can also check out free online courses offered through Coursera.
CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS
Use meditation to quiet your mind. There are many proven benefits to meditation such as relieving stress, helping with sleep, anxiety or improving concentration. I like meditating in the morning because it helps me start my day off on the right foot.
- Be thankful
I keep a gratitude journal that I write in daily. I make sure to jot down three things that I’m grateful for. It’s such a nice way to end my day. It’s a routine I incorporated to keep me from checking my phone or computer before bed. Being thankful can also be done within your thoughts just before bed and doing so will also improve your happiness and overall outlook on life.
- Take a deep breath
Breathing exercises can help relieve stress, help with sleep or provide you with a boost of energy.
- Paint, Draw, Sketch or Color
This is such a relaxing activity because it helps you be present. Even if you’re distracted with thoughts of work or whatever may be going on in your life, a few minutes into painting or drawing can really relieve any stress or anxiety you may be feeling. Here are some benefits I’ve found to using and adult coloring book.
- Play a Game
Whether it’s a board game or a game with your kids, letting loose will help you laugh and feel better.
- Create something
Upcycle something, create a mix CD for someone, work on a cute origami, or finish a scrapbook—you’ll feel a boost of confidence in accomplishing this.
- Cook something new
You know that recipe you’ve been wanting to try? Learn to cook a new dish.
Clear your desk space, your closet or that corner in your home with stuff that needs to be thrown away or organized. Uncluttering your space helps unclutter your mind and thoughts. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
- Set Goals
What’s next for you? New cooking class? Learning how to swim? Completing your first 5K or triathlon? Get around to accomplishing your goals by using your unplugging time to do this.
- Plan a trip
Hey guess what? Vacations force you to disconnect. Start planning your next vacation trip. You need a vacation. Trust me.
- Plan your budget
Track your spending, check your savings goals and set spending priorities or budgets.
Did I miss anything? What are your favorite ways to unplug?