Checking our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account, buying bus tickets, checking the weather forecast, browsing through our pictures, using maps to navigate through the city… there are countless reasons and occasions throughout the day to pick up our most beloved device in the world: our phones!
But let’s face it, sometimes it’s just too much! Don’t you sometimes feel like missing out on your real life because you are far too busy with your phone all the time? If that’s the case, check out these five simple ways to separate your phone and hand more often.
Just put it in the basket!
Here is a scenario that has become far too common. You go out with friends for drinks. You sit around the table and every few seconds there is someone else having a look at their phone. Annoying isn’t it? Next time you meet your friends in a bar or restaurant, you should try the ‘basket punishment’.
All it takes is a little basket or container where everyone will put their phones in when you meet. The first one who grabs his phone for whatever reason has to pay for drinks. It might sound a bit weird to start off with but people really do it and it works. And who knows, if you are the one who is the less addicted to your phone, it might save you quite some drinks.
How about taking a bite instead of a picture?
That amazing waffle with all the nicely arranged toppings, that perfect-looking cupcake, that huge latte macchiato with the pinch of cinnamon and honey on top… Sometimes we are simply astonished and fascinated by our food and want to share that experience with everyone else on our social media profile.
But what if we stopped taking pictures of what we have on our plates and focused on enjoying it by consciously taking one bite after another? Try it out. It is surprising how much better meals taste when they are still hot and not cold by the time you have finally managed to get a good shot!
No need to talk to your dog through the phone!
We get back from work and there it is! Our beloved dog, incredibly happy to see us and eagerly waiting for us to come home and take it out for a walk. We take the leash and of curse our phone as well. Nothing wrong with that so far.
But how often does it happen that we actually focus on our dog, on the surrounding nature when we go for a walk in the park? And how often can’t we resist to use this precious time to make another really important phone call or to check what’s going on on facebook or twitter? Walking your dog will be far more enjoyable for you (and your hairy friend) when you leave your phone in your pocket during this time.
It’s called bedtime stories, not bedtime chats!
What is the last thing you see before you switch off the light to go to sleep? For most of us, it usually is our phone screen when we exchange the last messages of the day with our friends. But what if it was the page of a book?
Studies have shown that looking at screens before going to bed can prevent you from sleeping because your brain activity constantly gets stimulated while reading a few pages of a book or magazine before you go to bed usually helps you fall asleep pretty quickly.
Dinner time is family time!
We all lead our own lives. We leave home in the morning to go to work, go to school, do some shopping… When we come home after a long and maybe stressful day, not having seen the other members of our family, having dinner together is a perfect way to catch up and tell each other what was going on throughout the day.
But how do you want to enjoy this precious time with your beloved ones if you check your phone every few minutes to see what is happening outside your dining room? Jut leave that phone in your room before you head down to dinner and enjoy the time with your family. They are way more interesting than what you see on your little screen.