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:
- 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?