Recently I wrote a post coming out that I am a cell phone addict where I discuss many of the reason’s why it’s important to step away from your phone if you can. Today I wanted to discuss a few of the things you can do when you no longer have your phone around to distract you. First and foremost, I would recommend putting your phone in another room or on ‘do not disturb’ so as to not be tempted while you're engaging in new activities. It will take some will power, I know, but since I’ve started stepping away from my phone and (if you can believe it) forgetting about it for a bit, it has made me much more productive and energetic. I’m not longer sitting on the couch for hours on end scrolling through Tumblr or Instagram aimlessly, but instead directing that effort toward reading and writing more.
The most important thing to do in my opinion is get in some physical exercise. This could be as simple as going for a walk around the block—anything to get your heart pumping a bit and to lower any cortisol levels. Stress is a killer and the most effective way to eradicate it is through physical activities. I will usually set up a mat at do some home workouts every other day for about 20 minutes. This has been enough to relieve some stress without making it tedious or time consuming. I think a lot of people see the fitness lifestyle as an external commitment (signing up for gyms, spending money on equipment), but I think the only commitment you need to make is with yourself.
If you’re at all like me, then you enjoy food, but hate cooking it. If I lived alone, without someone else to do half of the grocery shopping, then I probably would be eating the same thing every day. This is partially because I am lazy and also because I don’t think I’m creative enough to cook a delicious meal without feeling frustrated by the end of it. With any extra time you have away from your phone, this is perfect opportunity to put it toward finding simple recipes to cook as a pleasant change to a boring routine. I know that your phone is perfect for finding recipes and reading them while cooking, so if you can do that without quickly popping over to social media than go for it, but I can’t so I would prefer to just find one off the internet and read it off of a word document. This way you are experiencing the actual act of cooking and possibly learning to enjoy it rather than tolerate it between double taps on Instagram.
These are the two main things I want to put more of my free time into, along with writing (of course), but here are a few more ideas for anyone really needing the inspiration:
- Pick up a new hobby
- Learn a new language
- Meet up with friends and keeping your phone out of site
- Explore the nooks and crannies of your neighbourhood
- Clean out your wardrobe
- Start a creative project
- Listen to a new album
What would you want to do more of without distractions?