Technology Time Out: Tips to Reduce Your Tech Usage

Technology keeps getting better by the minute.  It saves us time and makes our lives easier everyday.  There are cell phones, smart phones, iPods, iPads, computers, televisions, DVRs and many more.  The amount of time everyday spent with technology is probably greater than without.  Technology enables us to communicate at great lengths, but at what cost?  We are now so used to having the technology that we are bound to these tools that make our lives much easier.

Reducing the amount of technology we use by a small amount can go a long way.  This can help build stronger relationships as well as giving your body a break from stress.   Here are some ideas to cut back technology usage and in turn hopefully reduce stress in your life:

  • Make meal times tech-free.
    • Use this time to catch up with family or friends.  This includes letting go of television and texting, too!
  • Make your car a phone-free zone.
    • Many states are now passing laws banning cell phone usage while driving.  Stay ahead of the game and keep your family safe by not using your phone to text or for GPS purposes in your vehicle
  • Stretch.
    • If you are sitting at your computer for longer than 1 hour, get up an dstretch or take a short walk.  Do it every hour on the hour.  This could help increase blood flow and provide more energy.
  • Give yourself a technology cut-off curfew.
    • After dinner, after the gym, after 9p.m.; whatever you decide -- turn off your computer, mobile devices, DVR. Use this time to relax.
  • Make physical activity a regular part of your day.
    •   Fitting physical activity into your daily routine can be simple.  Try taking a walk with coworkers during your lunch break or with your family after dinner.
Can you go tech-free for one day?  Find your comfort zone.  Don't let it get in the way of family or physical activity time.  Remember, use technology to enhance your life; not hinder it!


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