With the days getting longer and the outdoors calling to us, there is no better time than the present to put down your phone and step away from the computer and the TV. Well, maybe wait until you finish reading this and then you can officially unplug. 🙂 On that note, I’m going to make this short and sweet.
Here are my top places to unplug from your gadgets and be present.
1. The car: I must admit I am guilty of looking at my phone while driving. But this is something that goes beyond unplugging for just a sense of mindfulness. It is dangerous. Simply put the phone down and drive. Enough said.
2. The dinner (or breakfast or lunch) table: Mindful eating allows you to taste your food, enjoy the company you are with – whether that is others or simply you, and best of all, gives your body a chance to recognize when you are full.
3. The bedroom: You are here to refresh, rejuvenate, reconnect… so many possibilities. Turn the phone off.
4. At a park, playground or anywhere you find yourself sitting on a bench and your kids are playing in the general vicinity: I understand there are actually important emails to read and reply to. We live in a time when we can be working from anywhere, we can be on top of what’s happening at the office and be out with our kids, so be purposeful about your use of the phone for work at these times. Open your email, check for messages, reply if needed and shut it off. Then get up and play! If you need to repeat, give yourself at least 15 minutes before checking again.
5. While visiting other people’s homes: You went there for a reason, right? I doubt it was so you could check your Facebook feed from their kitchen instead of yours.
6. When you look up in any public place and all you see around you are people staring at their phones: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
7. Yellowstone National Park: We are heading there today! Bison and geysers, here we come. Cell service? Not so much! Nothing like being forced to unplug. I’m ready to embrace it!
Where else do you think it’s important to unplug?