Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, texts, emails, snapchat, you name it; we're tuned into all of it virtually all the time --the one thing we're likely not tuned into: ourselves.
With demands of modern living constantly increasing, it has unfortunately become almost commonplace to see people of all ages everywhere you go with their heads downturned toward their phone, tablet, laptop, etc. And I get it, I'm guilty of it too-- all work/leisure (even shopping!) is conveniently located at our fingertips.. literally. However, in constantly being connected to all these different outlets, we rarely allow ourselves to check in with our needs. We become robotic in a sense: ignoring those around us, doing tasks mindlessly and never fully present to any one situation.
Right now is the time of year when most of us are operating at a slower pace thanks to the holidays. I encourage you to use this time to develop ways to disconnect and check in with yourself; maybe this can even be a New Year's Resolution ;)
1. Start the day with expressing gratitude. Rather than immediately reaching for your phone upon waking, pray/journal/meditate on thoughts of gratitude for the new day. You'll be amazed at how such a small thing can shift your attitude and perspective.
2. Keep electronics away while interacting with people. Give 100% of yourself 100% of the time. Anytime you have to split your focus, you're probably not fully present or engaged and you can end up really missing out. Life is short; emails/texts/social media can wait but time with those close to us does not wait.
3. Shut off all electronics before bed. This is HUGE. We don't realize how big of an impact electronic use can have on the quality of our sleep leaving us inadequately rested ..which in turn affects every system in our body. Use this time to read a favorite book, wind down with a bath or deep breathing, put on your favorite mask.. get creative!