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BY GETTING YOUR ELECTRONIC HABITS TO A MANAGEABLE LEVEL, YOU’LL FREE UP MORE TIME AND ENERGY TO LIVE THIS SUMMER TO THE FULLEST
With endless movies, TV shows and video games available to us
24/7, it’s become too easy to spend all our free time on electronic devices. If
you and your family are looking for ways to unplug this summer, consider these
- Turn off notifications. Hey!
Guess what? Bill just posted a photo of his dinner! And look at this!
Minneapolis just set the world record for the largest pillow fight! Let’s
be honest, most alerts you get on your phone are meaningless, yet we allow them
to steal our attention several times a day. Review your phone settings and turn
off all non-essential notifications to keep you focused on the things that are
important to you.
- Ration your screen time. Limiting time in front of a screen
is important for both you and your kids. Setting daily screen limits is a good
way to keep your media consumption under control and allow for guilt-free time
when you just want to scroll through social media or watch a movie.
- Make a summer reading goal. Set a goal (with
prizes at the end!) for yourself and your children to read a certain number of
books before Labor Day. According to the Chicago Tribune, because reading is an
active activity (not passive, like watching TV), “it reduces stress, promotes
comprehension and imagination, alleviates depression, helps you sleep, and may
contribute to preventing Alzheimer’s.”
- Schedule phone-free activities. Plan a
get-together like a picnic or BBQ, but with a catch — phones need to be checked
at the door. That way you and your guests can focus on each other without the
constant distraction of a phone. If some of the guests don’t know each other,
even better! They might leave the party with a few new friends.
- Start a new outdoor hobby. Getting outside
is a great way to separate yourself from your electronics. By finding an
outdoor hobby that interests you, like hiking, gardening or camping, you’ll
have an activity that takes your attention away from your phone and provides
added benefits, like exercise and vitamin D.
By getting your electronic habits to a manageable level, you’ll
free up more time and energy to live this summer to the fullest.