We’ve talked a lot about detoxing from devices and really do believe it’s crucial to recharging your mind, but also know it’s not always realistic to fully cut out technology. I still struggle to give up tech, even when I know I need to, mainly because our culture relies on it for endless daily functions.
So with that in mind, I wanted to share ways to instead cut back on devices—since they are ingrained in our society and at times necessary—but in a way that you still benefit from using them less.
Here are 5 ways to do so:
Go to the mall
Online shopping is one of the greatest inventions ever, but it’s just another excuse to sit behind a screen. Try heading into a physical store next time you need something, and don’t bring your phone. You’ll even get to have face-to-face convos with humans!
Pick up a real book
Set the iPad or Kindle down for your next read, and instead pick up a real book. It’s such a nice treat and a simple break from tech.
One at a time
Multi-tasking devices is a major stressor, we know this. Try not to be on Snapchat while watching TV, or scrolling through Pinterest while talking on the phone. One at a time is still cutting back when you’re used to using multiple devices at once.
Use a pen and paper
It’s become an autopilot habit to pick up your computer or phone for writing out grocery lists, to-do lists, or even work notes. Next time, grab a notebook and a pen instead. Give yourself a few less minutes on a device each time you want to write something down. Or spend time doodling or coloring vs. opening a game on your phone to pass the time.
Limit app time
We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through Instagram, see an account that intrigues you, then 45 minutes later you find yourself seriously deep in the stalking game on a random girl’s account who lives in London. The Insta black hole is real! Instead, give yourself 5 minutes (set an alarm if you have to) to scroll aimlessly, then put the phone away.
How do you cut back on tech when it’s something we rely on so strongly? Please share!