I always envy people who live in small towns or rural areas. We are blessed to own a cottage in Hastings, Ontario, and every time we visit I am always struck how our neighbours seem so much more relaxed than us city folk. While their lives can be just as busy, or stressful, they take in all in stride. They take the time unplug and reconnect with one another, nature and themselves.
This past weekend, I took a day off from work, invited my parents and siblings to join my husband and me to enjoy a beautiful weekend at the cottage. We kept the TV off, made yummy meals and did something we hadn’t for a long time – we had long conversations about anything and everything. Why can’t it be like this all the time?!
No matter where we live or what we do, as human beings it is important to nourish your soul and your body. Here are 5 ways to unplug from technology and everything related to it, connect to the world and people around you in a different way. You can easily do this – and once you do, the feel good vibes you feel will keep you running back for more!
1. Pick a day (or evening if it suits you better) to put the phone/laptop/tablet etc down and free yourself. It is liberating and once you do it a few times you will realize the world will not burn down around you if you don’t respond to a text asap. Life will continue, especially yours. Start small, an hour, maybe two and work your way up. Once you have an entire morning or evening of freedom you will see the value and never look back.
2. Put your phone away during meals. My husband was always on his phone, even when we were out for dinner. I eventually became so fed up, we now have a rule to put phones away during meals so that we can focus on one another and actually have a conversation. What a difference it has made in how we communicate! I now do the same thing when I am with any family or friends. We all have little time we can spend with loved ones, so it should truly be quality time.
3. Challenge yourself to a day free of social media. No Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat etc etc etc. Again – the world will not burn down around you. Just try it and be thankful that you did.
4. Take 5 minutes everyday to be thankful. Whether it be first thing in the morning or the last thing before bed, make a mental list of all the amazing things you have in your life to be thankful for. Its astounding what a little gratitude can do for you and your view on life. Its truly humbling.
5. Share a cup to tea or coffee (or whatever drink you fancy) with yourself. The time it takes to enjoy a yummy cup or glass of whatever is enough time for you to sit quietly with yourself and your thoughts. I love to reminisce about my travels or a special event in my life at these times. I smile, laugh, get teary eyed. Its so special to me and keeps my memories alive and clear, especially they become older.
What are some ways you like to unplug? How do you take time for yourself?