It's a fact. Our electronic time is impacting everything from our social skills to our physical and mental well being. We have to be conscience of how much time and energy we spend focusing on our virtual realities, get our heads out of our screens and reconnect with our actual life! I always encourage my clients to take 5 minute phone/ipad/tablet/computer breaks throughout the day, so they can breathe, refocus and feel grounded as the day progresses.
If you struggle with putting your electronics down, then check out my tips below, watch Electronic Overload: How To Detox, Get Grounded and Reconnect and choose just one way that you can be more present for the moments that matter most, with the people who mean the most in your life!
Thanks to the amazing KUTV2 Fresh Living cast for inviting me to the studio to talk about this incredibly important topic. I love being a part of helping our Salt Lake Community live healthy, happy and amazing lives! Leave a comment and let us know how you detox from your electronics throughout the day.
Salt Lake City - (KUTV) According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, American children of varying ages spend an estimated seven hours a day in front of electronic media. According to CNN.com, teens spend 9 hours a day using social media - and this doesn’t include the media time they use at school. According to the Daily Mail, the average adult person now spends more time on their phone and laptop than ever before-8 hours and 41 minutes in addition to the time they spend on their electronics for work. We have Angela Martindale, Celebrity Nutritionist and President of Meals That Transform here today to talk to share some tips for shutting down our electronics and reconnecting with ourselves and our families.
1. Find the Unwind: Have a basket by your front door and as soon as you walk in the door, the phone gets turned off and thrown in the basket until after you can unwind from your day. Make an effort to have family dinner or have dinner with friends so you can talk to other people about life and enjoy the company. If someone has worked hard to make you dinner and you are distracted by your phone, you will not only offend the chef, but you will miss an opportunity to enjoy the actual food. Once the phone is turned off and in the basket, make sure it stays there and distract yourself with conversation about how everyone’s day went, throw the ball with your kids, walk the dog, mow the lawn or go on a family, couple or group bike ride with friends. Putting the phone out of sight, knowing that it’s turned off, gives your brain opportunities to refocus on the things of value in your life, exercise your social skills and show those closest to you that you are interested in them because they are valuable to you.
2. Avoid the Bluelight Blues: Turn your phones off at least an hour before bedtime. Incorporate a few basic yoga exercises into your routine to take the place of looking at your phone to help you breathe, relax and re focus your mind and your body to sleep mode. I recommend using an actual alarm clock instead of your phone as well-if your phone or smart pad/ipad is by your bed before you go to sleep, you will be tempted to pick it up and start perusing the internet or your social media and your sleep and overall health will suffer the next day. You can find some great basic but effective yoga moves on my Ultimate Transformation Series at MealsThatTransform.com to help you get started.
3. Me Before You: Download your iTunes library, Pandora or iHeart Radio and lock your screen for at least 30 minutes while you give everything you have got to your workout. Listening to music, although on your phone, engages your mind in a different capacity and your body reacts differently to the music than it does to videos and pictures on your electronics. Use the down time to listen to some of your favorite workout tunes and tune the world out for maximum results.
4. Don’t Text Me, Talk With Me: Don’t bring your phone out on date night! Have a no electronic rule when you are planning a night out on the town. Even if you are watching a movie at home, simply going on a walk together or having an adventurous weekend getaway, turn your phones off. Better yet, leave them at home and just be present together in the moment. This small act of intentional focus, will make a huge transformation in resetting your relationship and your priorities as a couple at the end of the day. What’s equally as great as enjoying the person you are with, is enjoying the food you share together right? So, meet, eat and laugh together for a healthier relationship!