Here are 5 Ways to Free Yourself of Electronics All Day if you find yourself glued to your phone or tablet. Unplug and see how it can improve your life!
I used to like to lie to myself and tell myself that I wasn’t overly dependent on my electronics or phone. The truth of the matter is, I was. It is so easy to get sucked in, especially when you work online and much of your day is spent on social media. I almost had an addiction like many teenagers do these days to their devices.
I think it is so important that we find electronic-free time in our daily lives to build better personal connections. We need to really enjoy and live our life instead of letting it go by around us. Here are 5 Ways to Free Yourself of Electronics All Day if you find yourself glued to your phone or tablet.
5 Ways to Free Yourself of Electronics All Day
Put it down at meal times. A good way to start the transition to less technology and more personal relationships is to just say no to devices at the table or during meal times. This includes when you eat by yourself. They should be put on silent and placed in a bin or a room separate from the one you are eating in.
Give yourself permission to go phone free once in awhile. We think we have to be available all the time now and that we can be reached all the time in various ways. Give yourself permission to be unavailable once in awhile.
If you need to, announce to people who might try to reach you that you will be unavailable. I did this once for a week solid. I left my phone on silent whenever I left the house and refused to look at my phone while I wasn’t home. At first, it was super hard because it had become almost a compulsion to mess with my phone and check my apps. After 2 or 3 days, I found myself actually enjoying not being interrupted while I enjoyed an afternoon with my husband. Another way to do this is to shut off notifications on your apps.
Set alarms to remind yourself to get off of your apps. Alarms on my phone are a must. I set alarms to get off of my phone at certain times a day. This helps me regulate my time better if I do get online on my phone so I don’t end up fooling around too long.
Use apps to force yourself to stick with a limit. If a simple alarm won’t work, set up some apps on your phone that block you out of apps after a certain period of time each day that you set up. A good one is Freedom. It works on phones and computers. Moment is also a good one to set a limit and reminders when you go over. You can even manage your family’s screen time with it.
Simply leave it at home. Whenever you can, leave your devices at home and go enjoy some nature. Simply live in the moment and don’t feel the need to share it while you are out and about. If you worry about not having a phone in case of an emergency, get yourself an old cell phone and keep it charged in your glove box. Phones without service can still call 911.