We live in a world where technology is a major part of our everyday lives - we rely on phones to wake us up, tell us what our day looks like, give us directions, order food … literally, EVERYTHING. How often are you waiting in line for something and your default time killer is to check your social media? Or quickly respond to an email?
Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t look at your phone after say 6PM every night. We applaud you and your self control! Unfortunately, those people are few and far between.
So, what’s the damage in being addicted to your smart phone?
- We’re connecting to people on a personal level less and less.
- Stress levels are increasing, spiking cortisol levels and creating hormonal imbalances. If you want more info on what cortisol is and what is does, check out Breakin’ Down Cortisol.
- We’re getting less quality, restorative sleep.
- You know what less sleep means, right? Less exercise, poor food choices … and the list goes on and on.
- Drivers distracted by their phones are causing all kinds of accidents.
Here’s our challenge to you:
IT’S TIME FOR A DIGITAL DETOX.
Pick up your phone less. Connect to people more. Live your life in the moment, in the present, and surrounded by PEOPLE, not technology.
So, what does that look like?
Turn off notifications on your phone.Don’t put everything on silent and ignore Grandma Patty when she calls for her monthly update, but DO silence the notifications from social media and email. Do you *need* to know every time someone likes you Instagram post (that you took like 253 photos for, just to get one good one)? Do you *need* to know that Sephora emailed you about the latest Spring obsessions? Do you *need* to know that it’s Joe Hammock’s birthday on Facebook (you know, the kid with thick glasses from 2nd grade)? That answer is no. Turn those notifications off ASAP!
Engage in activities that occupy the hands, body and brain.Go for a hike. Jump in the lake for a swim. Pick a mountain face and rock-climb it. Stop by the studio and lift some kettlebells. Heck, take up cooking! Engaging in an activity that will keep all parts of your body busy will keep you off that damn phone. Oh! And if you’re looking for some of our fav recipes to kick off your cooking journey, check these out:
Butternut Squash + Kale + Sausage Frittata
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies