We are a world that relies on technology – most of us are so dependent on our phones that we start growing phantom devices if we’re without them for too long. Some of this is warranted – the Internet has transformed our lives, giving us access to the world’s knowledge at the push of a few buttons.
It’s connected us to each other too – we talk to people we went to primary school with, asking them about their families or if they remember the time they ate a bottle of glue. It connects us, but it leaves us disconnected all the same.
This disconnect has to do with our inability to see what’s right in front of us. We ignore our partner because we’re doing something online. We ignore the beauty of nature because we’re – ironically – looking at pictures of it on the computer. We don’t stop and smell the roses because the roses don’t have fast enough Wi-fi.
So, how do we end this disconnect? The answer is in the question: to stop being disconnected, you must disconnect yourself. Disconnect from technology.
There are a few ways you can do this. Some suggestions include:
Leave your phone at home: It’s hard to discard a phone – people need to be able to get a hold of you if they have to. But leaving your phone at home probably won’t leave you uninformed about any impending doom. The human race survived for thousands of years without mobile phones; you can certainly survive for an hour or two.
Set aside “no technology time”: If you have a family, consider setting aside an hour or two each night or week where technology is off limits. Turn off the TV, close down the computers, leave the iPads on charge. And, instead, talk to each other, play a game, draw or paint, meditate, do yoga, or sit and be entirely idle. Sometimes nothing is the best thing you can do.
Stay in the moment: Technology has a way of pulling us out of the moment – we can’t focus on what our friend is saying because we’re checking our text messages. Try to avoid this – when you’re in a moment, focus on it and only it. Remember, it’ll be gone in a blink of an eye – moments are things you never get back.
Have a discussion: Google has removed the need for recall; if you can’t remember the name of the celebrity you’re trying to think of, you can turn to the Internet and look it up. When you require an answer right away, this is helpful. But, under other circumstances, consider having a discussion with your friends instead of turning to your keyboard. Pass around ideas….like they did in the olden days.
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