Another year has arrived.
We are done with the old and ready for the new. But it might be safe to say that one of the hardest things to do, whether it is a new year or not, is being able to unplug.
Technology has evolved and so have we. In fact, we have gotten hooked to it, it is becoming more difficult to get out of it. We are always online, checking out our friends’ status, getting jealous or stressed, and one feeling overlapping the other.
We know it may be a shock and would be a huge challenge but we also know you can make it happen if you really want to.
How? Follow these tips:
Go out for lunch with friends and colleagues
It is more fun to be away from your desk at lunchtime and catch up with your friends and colleagues even if it is just for a few minutes. Join them for lunch instead of staying on your desk, glued on the screen of your phone or browsing on your computer. Besides, getting up and walking, no matter how short, helps you refocus. Good for the body and good for the mind, too.
Develop a new hobby
Weekends and after office hours are the most crucial when you want to unplug. To be successful on this, you should learn and develop a new hobby that does not involve using your phone or going online. Learn a new sport or some DIY activities you can either do alone or with friends and family members. It is a good way to bond and you would have a great time for sure.
No, we don’t mean that you should read news online. We mean a real-life version of the book, not the digital copy. If you don’t fancy a book (even though its scent is rather addictive), get a newspaper. Flipping the page is seemingly rare and magical these days when you can see everything online. Try it once more and remember how simple it was in the good old days.
Schedule social media and phone activities
We know, we cannot completely be offline no matter how much we try because everybody relies on technology and your loved ones can only be reached online or a work-related teleconference has to happen. The best thing you can do is schedule these calls and activities and follow through. Once done, get offline again, as if it is the most normal thing in the world. It might as well be, right?
Unplug wholeheartedly and have fun doing it. Take our word for it when we say it is refreshing and necessary. There are a lot of things you can do without going online or relying too much on the Internet. Go out, be with friends, enjoy the sun, hit the beach, or plant your favorite flower. We will never run out of ideas, only willpower. May you explore the former more because it will make you happier, healthier and better.