As we enter into the busyness of high summer and the expectations of a great time it can bring, it’s also important to see it as an opportunity to slow down. With online connectivity, working from home, being available 24/7, what can we do for ourselves now to nurture and sustain our health and well-being?
One small thing that has huge benefits is a digital detox. Stepping away from your phone helps you to slow down and engage with the world around you; to hear the birds singing, notice the beauty of nature and to be more present with loved ones and yourself. It reduces FOMO, and improves sleep and self-esteem.
Dr Rangan Chatterjee, author of Happy Mind, Happy Life, recommends a tea ritual, where you and a loved one commit to turning off your phones for the duration of your cup of tea or coffee together. Sounds simple, but when was the last time you really had someone’s attention while you were talking to them? Presence is the greatest gift.
Try turning off the phone for an hour here and there — no doom-scrolling, no Instagram, nothing. Then turn it on — did you miss anything?
Take this to another level by leaving it off for a whole day over the weekend. Go for a walk without your phone, watch a film, read a book. Obvious? Yes. Free? Yes. Effective? Yes.