Does the idea of detaching yourself from technology create shivers of horror screaming down your spine or erupting from your mouth? Even if your reaction isn’t that extreme, if you feel even a slight sense of unease, I encourage you to read further.
You don’t need to be disconnected forever! Start with an hour and if that is too much, try fifteen minutes. Leave your phone, computer, tablet, smart watch—whatever it is that ties you to technology, that connection to other people that is missing something and see what happens.
Take a walk.
Talk to a co-worker or family member. Remember tolisten.
Stop at a local eatery for a bite to eat and talk to the waitperson. Don’t forget to smile.
Be aware of what’s going on around you.
Is there a person struggling to open a door with an armload of packages?
Is there beauty in the flowers of a neighbor’s yard?
Is there someone whose day would be better if you smiled or offered a compliment or said something else positive?
Is there an opportunity to provide an unexpected gift to a strangers or someone you know?
A couple of years ago I spent my birthday with no computer, telephone on and watched very little television. I read, reflected and took stock of where I was in my life and where I wanted to go.
This past May I took my email accounts off my phone.
Just this Friday, I spent over ten hours without a minute on my computer.
Personally, I’m finding being untethered very freeing and very stress reducing.
I’m only suggesting you consider it.
And, if stepping away is too scary. Start small. Turn your phone off at night or leave it in another part of the house.
Believe me. If you were really needed because of an emergency, the police would be knocking on your door.
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