Time for A Technology Detox:
5 reasons you should put down the phone and be more mindful
By Blackmores Influencer and Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic Kate Kendall.
Thinking of a technology detox? It seems so easy to put the phone down, yet I am just as guilty as the next person to go straight to my phone or laptop at any chance I get. Here are my top reasons to put your phone down and start embracing your life to the fullest.
1. You can live in the now
I believe it is important to implement a personal technology detox at least once a week to help remind us to connect and engage fully with those around us and be present in the moment. I try and encourage people (myself included) to put the phone or laptop down and engage in a conversation, or just be still and reflect. Drink in what is around you – you will be so surprised how it makes you feel (once you get over the initial separation anxiety from your phone!).
2. You can take a break from social media
One of the best things about putting down the phone is that you get to have a break from social media. I feel like some women have already compared themselves to 15 other women whilst scrolling on Instagram before they get out of bed in the morning - and that’s not healthy. If you’re holding the phone and feeling yourself contract, it’s probably a good idea to put down your phone, breathe, re-expand and just have a break from it.
3. You will enjoy your meals more
When you’re eating you should, eat slowly and savour each mouthful. Not only will you be less likely to over eat but your digestive system will thank you. Eating or drinking without checking your phone allows you to completely focus on the meal in front of you and will help you to enjoy your food and feel more satisfied once you are finished.
4. You’ll reap the benefits of being mindful.
Putting the phone down gives us time to embrace stillness. I believe we need to create more space in our lives to simply be still. Sure, we may be still when we’re watching TV or reading a book, but I’m talking about real stillness, where you’re lying back or sitting in meditation and just digesting your stuff.
5. You’ll have more time to commit to your fitness routine
So many people say they don’t have time to exercise but will spend 30 minutes or an hour scrolling through social media on the lounge at home. I run two to three times a week, for around 20 to 30 minutes at a time. My run is always outside; it gives me a nature hit - anything to get me out in the fresh air away from buildings. I’m able to go on these runs because I put down my phone and use my time in a way that benefits me more.
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