It’s that time of year again. The one where you spend all day shopping online for the perfect gift, take a break to binge watch your favorite holiday movies, and then go back to scrolling through Instagram. But how about this year? Why not try something new–give up your phone! It’s true, it may be hard at first but there are plenty of benefits to disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with the people in your life during the holidays. Here’s how to be present this Christmas!
1) Stay away from social media
2) Unplugged Meals
Put down your phone at dinner so your focus is on the people sitting with you. Can’t trust you won’t take a peek? Try stashing everyone’s phone away while you eat – a bowl, drawer, anything can work!
3) Play games or read a book
Instead of scrolling through social media apps, put your phone down and pull out an old board game or find a new book. You’ll be surprised how much more time you have when you’re not constantly checking your phone.
4) Spend time outside!
Fresh air and natural light is a great way to disconnect from technology and recharge your batteries. Andrew Huberman does an excellent job explaining how important light exposure is for your mental and physical health.
5) A Technology Fast
Willing to try something more extreme? Try a 24 hour tech fast and see just how productive, relaxed and present you really can be.
6) Talk to the people around you!
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing who you can meet and the conversations you can have when you put down your phone and speak to the people around you. Try it next time while you’re waiting in line or traveling on the bus or train.
7) Schedule “ME Time”
Don’t forget about yourself! It’s just as important to be present for yourself as it is for others. Don’t overload your schedule and do something for YOU this Christmas.
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun! So why not try disconnecting from technology this year? You may be surprised how much more enjoyable the season is when you’re not glued to your phone. Remember the best present you can give yourself and others is being present! Happy Holidays! 🙂