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Taking A Tech Detox

We all love the many benefits and distractions that technology offers us – from Netflix to email, from online games to message boards, tech rules modern life.

Sometimes, though, you find yourself overdosing on technology. Work never ends. Even after you leave the office, your boss can email you some last-minute work that just has to get finished. It’s enough to make you miss the days when you could blame a late project on the postal service!

After you spend the whole work week at a computer, you go home and relax… in front of a computer. The constant barrage of technology can make you feel like you are missing out on real life.

Every once in awhile, it can feel good to take a break from the tech. Here are a few ways you can cut the cord.

Get Out In Nature

Taking a break can be as simple as going for a walk in the woods. Leave your cell phone in the car and find a park or lake nearby where you can get a breath of fresh air.

Spending too much time on your computer can hurt your back and strain your eyes, so take this opportunity to stretch out. Regular exercise is actually one of the best ways to combat back pain – building up a bit of muscle really reduces the ache in your back and spine and keeps the blood circulating.

Go Back In Time

If you are going on a long vacation with your significant other, don’t be distracted by social media. You want to experience what is going on in front of you, not be off in your own world.

Consider taking a tech fast on your vacation. If you go camping or to a destination focused around outdoor activities, it will be much easier to avoid checking your phone.

Some destinations encourage you to stay unplugged with their location. If there is no service, or if you’re spending a lot of time in the water, you won’t be tempted to text. Technology will feel out of place in an old-world hotel like the historical Sheridan. This type of vacation will ensure that you and your sweetheart can spend some quality time together.

Phone Bet

Here’s one that’s fun and quick. When you go out to dinner or drinks with your friends, does everyone end up on their cell phones? Make a bet. Everyone puts their phone in the center of the table, and the first to give up and check their texts has to buy the next round!

This is a great one because it is competitive, and if you’re determined enough, you could get free drinks all night.

Life Continues

At some point, you will have to go back to your job, your computer chair, and your screen. After taking a break from technology, you will probably be happy to get back and catch up on the latest Game of Thrones episodes, but at the very least, your tech fast will give you a new appreciation for how useful technology can be. It might even give you a new perspective on how you want to spend your next day off.

Anna Johansson

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