This week, we’re kicking off Susie’s 7-Day Challenge with simple weekly challenges developing healthy habits. Each day offers a new challenge and my nuggets of love to recente, and encourage personal and professional growth. Small Changes = Big Impact! Today’s challenge? Turn off electronics for one hour.
A research group at California State University conducted a sleep study researching the “psychology of technology.” They discovered two important variables that encourage us to use (and misuse) technology: “(1) our (in)ability to pay attention, problem solve, control our impulses, and make decisions, and (2) anxiety.” While they were defining the relationship between technology and sleep, I feel our gadgets—cell phones, iPads, computers, TVs—can have a big effect on many things in our lives.
When we chat about technology overuse, we’re often referring to the leisurely look at social media, where five minutes can quickly turn into one hour. We also often hear about “FOMO,” or the fear of missing out. This type of anxiety happens when you are uncomfortable if you are not in direct contact with their phones. In more severe cases, a dead battery and no charger can bring upon a panic attack.
To avoid these types of anxiety, to clear the clutter in our minds, and to reconnect with the world around us, we need to practice putting down our gadgets Start with one hour today. Here are a few things you can do to realize the spirit of the moment:
- Practice those interpersonal skills with “generation-phone” who currently converse via text
- Curl up with a great book
- Meal prep for your weekday lunches
- Hit the gym
- Miss sharing everything on Facebook? Start a journal
- Tackle a household cleaning task you’ve been avoiding
- Bake something delicious
- Take a walk
- Run an errand (remember, leave that phone at home!)
- Pull a Feel the Love Transformation Card
- Play a board game with the whole family
- What would YOU like to do?
Feel the love!