Over the summer break I took a trip to Stewart Island for a tramping holiday and decided not to take my phone, crazy right? I was away for 2 weeks in total and ended up being in no hurry to reconnect once back in Auckland.
From this experience I learnt that I didn’t miss the constant notifications and interruptions of day-to-day life. It highlighted that I don’t need the never ending distraction that comes from social media, music, news, weather and all the other things that pop up on my device.
This experiment left me feeling calmer and meant that I had a proper break from work, which was great as I returned to work feeling refreshed and ready for 2018.
How could you reduce your time spent on your various devices?
- Have a cut off time for the day, you don’t need to be available 24/7 for work, I stick do not disturb on from 10pm – 5am.
- Have a no device rule at least an hour before bed, I’m mostly succeeding with this one.
- Turn off unnecessary notifications.
- Limit social media use.
- Don’t feel like you have to respond to everything immediately, people can wait.
- Take a technology free day 1 x month, I’ve installed this for 2018.
- No phones at meal times.
- Call someone and have a conversation, so retro I know.
Reducing screen time is one way to reduce stress, another is by incorporating daily movement and by eating more nutritious foods.
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