These days most of us probably wonder how we have ever lived and worked without the internet and mobile phones. In fact, most of us wouldn’t be able to wake up without a phone alarm or remember a simple phone number. We’ve become so addicted to this new and fast way of life that most people cannot resist looking at their phones even when they’re not blinking or beeping.
And while these new technologies really make our lives so much easier, we need to take a break from them from time to time. And not only do our eyes need a break from the constant glaring of the laptop screen. Our brains need a break in order to preserve mental, as well as emotional, psychological and social health.
So, if you really want to rest your tired brain, as well as your phone-holding arm, here are some tips on how you can do that:
Life Hack #1: Go off the grid.
While disappearing for a while from the face of the Earth is not possible for some, or at least not quite often, it’s not a bad idea to occasionally leave your life as well as all that technology behind.
For example, once it is time to pack for your holiday, only pack one of your three phones and try to leave your tablet and laptop behind. The best way to cut down your time spent on the phone is by choosing a destination that simply has no wi-fi access like a nice, remote mountain.
Life Hack #2: Spend quality time with your friends.
While some might disregard it, the social aspect of our lives is extremely important. But instead of texting and emailing your friends, make an effort and organize your time so you get to spend some quality time together, face to face.
Arrange a hike on a Saturday morning, so you can get a chance to get out and spend some time in the fresh air while socializing and catching up with your loved ones. And if you think you need to expand your circle and meet new people, try to do it ‘in real life’ and not online, so join a book club or check out the local community club.
Life Hack #3: Be physically active.
Being physically active definitely positively influences your health, so make sure you spend some time each week doing some exercises. Go on a daily hike, or better yet take up something more active. Visit a reliable online bicycle store to find biking equipment and take up exploring your city and its vicinity riding around.
Another option is to take up martial arts classes or something similar. Just make sure you pick a physical activity that you’ll actually get to enjoy and not give up after a while. The best thing about exercising is that you can do it with your friends and this can be another way to spend some time with them without having to use your phone to communicate.
Life Hack #4: Cook yourself a meal
Leave your phone in your living room and make some use of your kitchen by preparing yourself a healthy meal instead of purchasing something ready-made from the store. Cooking is an art, so why not spend some quality time experimenting and creating something from scratch that you’ll get to enjoy afterwards.
Better yet, invite a couple of friends over and have some fun while making something delicious while chatting and using this time to catch up on each other’s lives.
Life Hack #5: Read a book
What better way to escape than reading a good book? Unfortunately, less and less people read actual books, what with TV and digital reading tools. Instead of reading something by your favorite author on your Kindle or the like, get a real, printed book and spend some time recharging and unwinding. Not only is reading books good for your mental health, it will also stimulate you and get your creativity going.
When you think about it, our lives are too short to spend so much of our time on constantly checking various social networks, emails, and messages. Instead of having your phone glued to your hand, detach yourself from it every once in a while in order to really see the world around you and enjoy its beauty.
Image credit: Walid Khoury, Walid Art