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Time Away From Technology

Time Away From Technology

Even though we gain a lot from technology and the connectivity it provides, we need to make sure to unplug every so often and ground ourselves in the physical world. I spent most of the day, yesterday, doing just that, on a 6-hour hike an hour outside of the city.

There are lots of ways we can ground ourselves and reduce stress & anxiety but I find hiking to be one of the best. I think the combination of fresh air, total quiet, and the constant vibrations you get from each step up and down the mountain do wonders for our minds. It gives us a chance to quiet our minds and focus instead of trying to absorb as much content as possible. To top it all off, you experience a great sense of accomplishment as you take your final steps to the summit to enjoy that magnificent mountain views.

To help you plan some time away from technology, I’ve made a quick checklist below.

Unplugged Technology Checklist

  • Get outside
  • Plan for a minimum of 3 hours without using any technology. (If you need to use your phone to take pictures, set it in airplane mode before you leave)
  • Try to do something that physically connects you to the world such as walking, hiking, running, swimming, etc.
  • Get away from the city noise

If you’re new to hiking be sure to take a look at our thoughts on the best daypack. A quality daypack is a must have for any hiker.

In summary, the way I like to picture our lives, stressors, and information overload is to imagine a bucket filled with water, the bucket represents our capacity for stressors and information while the water represents the actual information and stressors. Every day we are filling that bucket higher and higher with only a little bit leaking out, eventually, the bucket will overflow and when it does, we experience increased anxiety and stress. Now imagine the time we spend unplugging as taking the bucket and pouring a bit of water out, by doing this we reduce our stress and make room for the next wave of stressors to come in.