In the past few months, the average “screen time” for most people has skyrocketed. It’s understandable, especially given that a lot of us have more idle time on our hands. 

But, as we know, too much technology has real negative effects on our brains.

So, we wanted to offer up a few simple ideas on ways for you to unplug and recharge yourself this summer. 

Get Outdoors

Although it seems obvious, we highly recommend everyone think about spending a bit more time outdoors this summer. 

There are plenty of ways to do it safely with a little bit of preparation. 

Studies show that when we’re outdoors our attention is turned outward. This contributes to an overall feeling of happiness and awareness. 

And of course, make sure to leave the phone behind!

Give Meditation a Try

The act of trying to do nothing might seem like an impossible task for some. 

However, the proven benefits of meditation can’t be ignored. 

Meditation is one of the best ways on the planet to take a break, calm your mind, and recharge yourself. 

We recommend starting with the help of the Waking Up app by Sam Harris

Schedule Tech-Free Time 

If you want to spend less time behind the screen, make it a part of your schedule. This tactic even works for those of us who use technology for work. 

Try blocking out an hour or two (it can be after work or during lunch) and make a commitment to stay tech-free. 

When I get home, I turn my phone off for one hour. It’s a small step, but that’s the best way to get a new habit to stick

When you’re first starting to go tech-free try reading a book, meditating, or writing (the old fashioned way). 

Once you develop the habit, you can adjust the time to what works best for you.

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