Unplugging: Leaving Technology Behind (for a few hours)
Technology is our friend
It’s our all-knowing, life-optimizing friend who lives in our pocket. And just like with all friends, sometimes we need some space. But this can be hard to come by- you put your phone in a drawer but there is the tablet on the dresser, the laptop on the bed and the TV on the wall. Sometimes we need to practice self-discipline and truly unplug.
A formula for technology detox
Here are some things that aren’t so ambitious as reading a book, but will still help you to find some peace of mind and pleasure away from the internet.
- Cook for yourself: from scratch. Devoting time to purchasing, preparing and consuming your own meal is a relaxing and rewarding process as long as you don’t pick a recipe that is out of your skill-level!
- Hang out with friends: phone off the table. Phones have a way of becoming a third party just by their inanimate presence. And then they start chirping mid-conversation to everyone’s distraction.
- Legs up the wall: an amazing yoga technique for relaxation. Lie on your back and inch your legs up a wall until your buttocks are pressing against it. Let the blood flow and the stress drain out of your feet.
- Explore your neighborhood: walk, people watch, observe. The world is, in reality, so much wider than our phone’s can ever know.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got 20 minutes, 2 hours or 2 days, every chunk of time is just as valuable as the next. Technology is often a crutch that let’s us escape from our own thoughts and live through the memes of the day; in this way, being away from your phone and alone with your thoughts is an amazing refresher. Call our office in Milpitas today and let’s start finding time to go unplugged!
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.