In a world that is always connected, it’s simply a habit to have your phone in your hand 24/7. Even during times where being on it causes more stress and distraction, leaving your phone tucked away is a hard habit to break.
So on top of random phone detoxes when I need them, I’ve also been making certain situations sacred from my phone. Here are 5 places I’m working on not bringing my phone along:
One of my favorite weekend activities is to read the newspaper, a magazine, or a book. And instead of checking my phone every time I get a notification, I want to instead embrace this little treat of my day fully. Sans phone.
In the car
I try really hard not to check my phone while actively driving—hello, danger!—but admit I’ll look at it the second I hit a red light. Or I’ll be on it the whole time I’m a passenger instead of relaxing and embracing my surroundings. Simply driving and riding peacefully sounds way better though.
I’m pretty good about ignoring my phone while out to dinner with friends, but for some reason that practice goes out the window when I’m at home. I wanted to start making all meal times sacred, even at home, so I now implement tech-free meals all the time. It’s so nice!
Have you ever looked around on a busy street to see the majority of people looking down at their phone while trying to get through human traffic? It’s pretty insane that we feel the need to be on our phones even while walking. Let’s all save phone time until we’re at a desk and don’t risk walking straight into a stranger. Deal?
In the bathroom
OK, don’t judge me. This is weird and even unsanitary, but I’ll catch myself bringing my phone into the bathroom. The bathroom! To pee! This is crazy, right? But it goes to show how connected I am to holding or carrying my phone.