Technology Detox : 3 Ways To Become More Mindful

In the age of the smartphone, we presently have more ways than ever to distract ourselves from ourselves, and the precious world around us. Sadly, when we allow ourselves to become this inattentive, we are permitting ourselves to become less patient, which can draw on feelings of anxiety, continued stress, rage, or depression. By simply sitting with yourself in nature if you can, you are creating space for gratitude, appreciation, creativity, and inspiration. This, my friend, is mindfulness.

Do you have a desire to become more mindful? Here are a few ways to begin doing so, immediately.

DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE THE 1ST HOUR UPON RISING IN THE MORNING

I have fallen victim to this nasty habit as of late and starting today, I have made the conscious decision to get back on track with my rituals and completely stop myself from looking at my phone upon waking. I invested in an old school alarm clock so I can charge my phone outside of my bedroom. If you rent a room or live in a studio apartment, charging your phone across the room is ideal as well as utilizing the " do not disturb" feature on your iPhone so you're never tempted to answer texts/emails/calls as soon as you rise. Open your window and breathe in the fresh air. Perhaps beginning your day with writing in your journal, or read a paragraph from an inspirational book, meditate or recite mantras. Whatever you choose, make it mindful and intentional. If you use an app to meditate, use your phone for only that and be very diligent about staying present.

TAKE OFF YOUR HEADPHONES AND LISTEN TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

I triple challenge you to continue your week, traveling from A to B without the distraction of headphones. Take in the sounds around you, say hello to someone without scowling at them. Notice the smells either foul or delicious and see what comes to your mind, either positive or negative. If negative, as the question " Why" and let it just be.

DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE AN HOUR BEFORE BED

Laptop, iPad included! Devote the last 20-60 minutes of your night with getting ready for bed with nightly rituals. No TV, no phone, no laptop...NOTHING. Journal, meditate, drink chamomile tea and keep lighting low. This will ensure your body’s Circadian Rhythm is not thrown off or overactive upon sleeping.

++ We experience too much stress in our lives. Instill rituals that work best for you, and stay consistent. I wish you well.

As always, All My love

Shani