We live a digitalized life. In 2018, 42% of the world’s population was on social media, which would be around 3.2 billion people. Not only are we always connected, but we also spend approximately 2.5 hours a day solely on social media.
This digital trend is relatively recent in our history but already impact our physical and mental body negatively. The more you are distracted from grabbing your phone to check social media, the easier it will be for you to disconnect. We have compiled five ways that you can disconnect from social media today!
Choose a room or rooms in your home where electronics will not be allowed. It could be a spare room that you transform into a meditation room or remove all electronics from your bedroom. That zone will be an excellent place to go when you want to unplug. Set up a comfortable spot where you enjoy being there. Add books, games, and maybe coloring books to the room.
Have a time range when you want to unplug. That could be in the morning before going to work, during meals or an hour before bed. Dedicate that time to activities that do not need you to be in front of a screen. Also, you can choose a whole day instead of a time range. A bit like Meatless Monday, you could have a Tech-Free Tuesday.
Take a Class
Search for an exciting course in your local area. By starting a new course, you will spend your time learning something new with other people instead of wasting time on social media. Local colleges usually offer evening or weekend classes to the general public.
Join a Club
Whatever your interests are, you can indeed find a group of people in your area that have similar interests as you. By joining a club or a group, you will have less need to be on social media and have more success in your social life.
Just like Pavlov’s research with a dog’s response to a stimulus, you are trained to respond immediately to a notification alarm on your phone. Train yourself to react differently to notifications. For example, every time a notification sound arises, use this opportunity to express gratitude toward something in your life.
Find new ways to occupy your time that does not require a phone or a smart device.