1. Purge!!! Clean up, get rid of, and delete unnecessary technology. This approach can apply to entire devices (you can recycle old iPods, just Google where to drop them off!) all the way down to the apps on your phone. Which electronics do you use with regularity? Which electronics or apps can you part with? Even eliminating half the apps on your phone feels so freeing. It can lighten your mental load, even if you don’t stop using your phone altogether.
2. Make a date with social media. This sounds counter-intuitive, but scheduling boundaries around when you’ll use social media can free up your time and mental space. There’s no need to update the world (or your pages) every hour, and your friends and family’s posts aren’t going anyway any time soon.
3. Write in a journal. Remember when we used to have diaries? Social media has now become somewhat of a diary, but usually just the highlight reel. Give yourself a break from structuring every sentence to be perfect for FB or Insta. Some free writing in a journal can ease your mind and ease your desire to record yourself.
4. Meet with, call or voice text your girlfriends. One easy break you can take from technology is to reach out to your besties personally whenever you need support. Most of us will just text when we want to chat, but taking time to call, voice text, or meet in person can create a break from electronic communication. It doesn’t seem like much, but I make it a point to have one girl’s night once a month, whether it’s in-person in Atlanta or with my college besties on Skype!
5. Give yourself “breaks” for 1-2 days. You don’t have to give up your electronics for a very long time if you’re not ready to do so. Just take the weekend off, or stop at a certain time after work. Over time, you may even find these breaks to be addictive!