With the crazy schedules people tend to have these days, time together at home should be quality time. However, quality time is difficult (to say the least) when digital devices are at play. In a world full of social media, online articles, and Google search around every corner of a conversation, it is important to detach your mind from your electronics. Research shows that too much time dedicated to these “outlets” contributes to stress and dulls creativity.
Here are 5 ways you can mentally detach form the electronic world at home:
1. Write a Letter
Hand-written letters mean so much more now that everyone wants to send “a quick email”. Just a few minutes out of your day to write a note of gratitude to a friend or family member will heal the soul. Receiving regular mail is guaranteed to brighten their day.
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2. Plan a Trip
Set aside some time during your busy day to plan your next adventure. Maybe it’s to visit someone far away, or maybe it’s to your favorite vacation spot, or maybe it’s even to somewhere brand new. Studies suggest that planning a vacation can make you happier, whether you take the trip or not.
3. The Meal We Actually Conversed
Invite someone over for a meal – a friend, a coworker, family – and enjoy catching up without distractions (no phones or TV allowed). Asking your guest to unplug with you might feel uneasy at first, but you will be surprised how much everyone will be truly engaged.
4. Read a Book
Remember that book you said you would get to but never did? Set aside half an hour every day to read your next treasure. This will activate your imagination in a different way, and it is a great antidote for a long workday in front of a computer.
5. Friendly Movie Night
Invite friends over to watch a movie at home instead of going out. Pop some popcorn and break out the booze to get ready for a night-in with a new movie. It may not feel like you’re really unplugged, but your friends will be more social and connected than hanging out on their phones.
Original post via http://fenwayjournal.com/2015/02/5-easy-ways-unplug-home/