Four Ways to Really Unplug

My name is Deborah and I am a phone-addict. 
I know that I really struggle with switching off and truly enjoying the moment because I'm constantly plugged into my phone with a million apps open at all times. I really began to decide to do something about this when I noticed I was opening up a game on my phone while I was watching a movie with my boyfriend. I can't even sit and watch a movie without having an app open. 
Enough is enough. Here are some ways I've found really help me to truly unplug and focus on one thing at a time:
4 Ways to Really Unplug
  • Go Outside: When things around me get really overwhelming, I grab a book and get on the metro. I take it from one end of the line to the other. I get so much reading done without anyone bothering me because I'm underground and I can't get reception! When I don't feel like taking the metro, even just going outside and taking a walk is just a nice way to not be tempted to check my emails every five minutes. 
  • Treat Yo'Self: In the immortal words of Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford, I think every hard-working phone addict should get a little pampered. When I'm getting my nails done or my hair cut, I never check my phone! I'm too busy relaxing and enjoying myself!
  • Take a class: I took a few cooking classes last year and I realized that when my hands are full and my concentration is on food, I'm not going to be reaching for my phone. I think that any activity that you can learn from is a good distraction from the apps that occupy your attention during the day. 
  • Family game night: My parents and I used to play something called godori - it's like Korean poker of sorts. Being with your family or spending quality time with friends can help you unwind. It's a perfectly good excuse to switch off for an afternoon. 
What are some ways you unplug?

4 comments

  1. These are great suggestions! I like getting active, especially with my fiancé. We go rollerblading, walking, or running. We play soccer, Frisbee, or tennis. Now, I am not really a sporty person (I prefer dancing and Pilates as forms of physical activity), but doing these things with someone else really helps me get in to it and the very nature of these activities does not really allow for my phone to be out. Also, since I am not that great at any of these I really can't have my phone out - I cannot even imagine trying that while rollerblading! haha

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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  2. I don't think I could go on the metro as I can't read and travel, I get so sick, but reading outside or somewhere quiet (while you put your phone in airplane mode!) is ideal!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  3. Whenever I get a pedicure I don't touch my phone. I take the time to sip coffee and enjoy getting pampered!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  4. I suffer from the same problem xD Those are some really nice tips.

    GIVEAWAY ON MY KIND OF JOY

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