How many times a day do you check your phone to see what time it is… and then 15 minutes later still not know? We have all done it. When I start to feel a little more anxious, crabbier with those I love, and caught up in some drama that really doesn’t matter- I know I need to unplug.
Our technology is amazing and I am so grateful for it- but just like chocolate it needs to be in moderation.
Here are 3 ways I work to unplug, for my own sanity- and to make sure my family is at the forefront of my mind.
Okay, not really- but take a weekend off. A full cleanse can be just what I need to feel rejuvenated and connected with those who truly matter. My most recent “time out” came at a convenient time as COVID-19 was just starting to get a lot of attention in the US. COVID-19 was not the reason why I took my break- but I did get to skip a lot of extra stress. I could tell my body needed it and we took a small family vacation down to Moab, Utah. Vacations are a perfect time for me to unplug. I usually let someone from work and my mom know- just in case. My husband always has his phone available if there was an emergency. I will also use his phone for photos- so don’t let that be an excuse! It’s good for my whole soul. I am a much happier person and my priorities realign.
2. Setting a Curfew
Some people really can’t take a full break due to work or family. In that instance, set a curfew or time limit on certain media. Recently my husband and I set aside time that we put our phones in a basket in the evening when we are home together. We eat dinner, talk, laugh, and play with our son. We focus on family and put the distractions in the basket. If there is an emergency we can still hear our phone if it rings- but every notification doesn’t have me down the Instragram hole. I now have a time limit on my Instagram. If I am using it when it runs out, there is a button that I have to push to get back in. Just having that reminder helps me to put it down if I am really not using it with a purpose.
If an account is really not uplifting me or if I am feeling poorly about myself. I take a break. In order to be my best self (and the best mom for my little boy) I need to surround myself with people that uplift me. If I am not getting that vibe- I unfollow. If I really need the information I can follow again in a few days but more often than not I have already completely forgot about them.
It takes courage to unplug these days. Do it for YOU. Do it for your husband. Do it for your babies. They need to see that they are more important than your phone.
You’ve got this mama, see you in a few days 😉
Morgan is a mama to a handsome baby boy. She values every second she has with him and also works as a dental hygienist. She is a med school wife and enjoys running, cooking, and watching Hallmark movies. If there is anything s’mores flavored she has probably tried it- and loved it. She believes laughter is the best medicine.
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