Social media is addictive and out generation is plugged to their devices. I would be a hypocrite to say that I am not, but every once in awhile I like to take a day off technology and let my eyes and my anxiety rest. Here are a few ways I like to disconnect from the world and reconnect with myself.
Most of you probably feel the exhaustion caused by the constant connection to the social networks, even the one that you think is harmless is giving most of us restlessness and in the more severe cases anxiety. So from time to time, we need to distance ourselves from the devices that keep us all stuck to their screens. Here are my top 10 ways to disconnect:
- Leave your phone at home
If I have the phone in my purse I am very tempted to look at it every 5 minutes, but by leaving it at home, I am eliminating the temptation. All the problems can wait, so every once in a while, especially on the weekend, I like to forget about the world and its problems and focus on what is going on around me.
- Exercises or practice a sport
It is nice to focus on something physical, without the pressure of having to accomplish something. For me, the perfect sport will always be horseback riding. From the moment I get to the stables, there is so much work to be done, that I become 100% present to the horses’ needs and movement.
Since I am not always near the horses, the second option is swimming. The focus is now set to breathing and the water, nothing is more relaxing than the sound of the splashing water.
- Read a simple yet good book
For relaxation, I always like to choose a simple, cheesy love story. Easy to read and positive, I lose myself in the story and live among the characters. I like to use the positive energy and let it sink in my brain, all of the other issues can wait until I turn the last page.
- Have a cup of coffee with yourself
My favorite place to drink my coffee is a small coffee shop where the smell of freshly roasted coffee is imprinted in the walls. I love to sip the magic liquid along with a croissant and look around. I usually enjoy taking the window seat and looking at random people, analyzing their facial expressions or the way they walk. Some days I also bring a book with me, others I just bring my thoughts and I go through each and every one of them.
- Gather up with your friends
Spending quality time with my friends is the best way to lower the stress level. Even if from time to time, someone is checking their phone, we kind of have rules and we are not allowed to lose ourselves in it or to engage in conversations with people who are not at the table.
- Close your Facebook account for a while
When I see that the amount of time I spent on social media, especially Facebook hits records or I get anxiety from ghosting ex-boyfriends, I like to take breaks from it. I haven’t actually deactivated my account until now, but I had stopped all the notifications and haven’t opened it for weeks. From time to time it is best to do these types of “exercises” and see how long can you go without Facebook.
- Travel to the dream destination
Clearly, the best way of detaching from the world is going to see the world. When I am on vacation or traveling to a new place, I don’t use my phone for other things than photos that I do not post until I get home. For both security reasons and for the enjoyment of the moment I have decided that I don’t want to share every moment of my trip with the world. I have a maximum of 3 photos per vacation limit that I like to follow, and quite often I don’t connect the phone to the internet to keep away the temptation.
- Sleep as long as you want once a week
At least once a week, on the weekend clearly, I like to have a morning when I don’t have a waking up hour. If I feel the need to sleep until noon that I want to be able to do so. It is important to get enough sleep and let your brain and internal organs rest for a while. In my case, if I don’t do this for a while I gain weight and become extremely irritable.
- Draw with your sole
During the periods when I have a bit more time on my hands, I like to get on Pinterest and look for new ideas of paintings. After pinning a couple of drownings, I start my new “piece of art”. I lose myself in the colors, brushes or crayons for at least 4-5 hours per painting, at the end I love to give the painting as a present since at the current moment I don’t have enough space to store them all, but I am thinking about an exhibit for the future.
- Dance the night away
Although in the last one year and a half I went dancing only a few times, there were periods in the past when I went out every Friday and along with one of my best friends, we danced the night away. 3 Cosmopolitans and 2 shots after, we danced as none was looking and we laughed with tears. After a long week of work, it was our way of indulging ourselves.
It is important to let our brain take a break from it all and get the world’s weight off our shoulders since we are not Atlas. There are a thousand ways to keep yourself busy without needing technology or having your face stuck to your phone. By giving yourself a break from social media, you can reconnect with yourself and also with the world, the real world, the one you can see and touch. Learning to be happy means learning to be present in the current moment which means putting your phone down for a while. Give it a try at least once a week and find some old fashion ways of relaxation.