Whether it’s smartphones, social media or text messages, technology is a huge presence in our lives. At bus stops, in the checkout line at the grocery store, at the restaurant and even at red lights, it seems like everyone is busy staring at their phones.
Even though it’s now easier than ever to communicate with someone on the other side of the planet, spending quality time with loved ones near us has become challenging. This precious human contact is in fact essential to our well-being.
Here are three tips to help you reduce the amount of time you spend on your devices and reconnect with what matters the most.
Limit the time you spend on your phone
A simple and efficient way of reducing the amount of time you spend looking at screens instead of spending quality time with loved ones is to prohibit the use of electronic devices after a certain time in the evening or before a certain time in the morning.
Set a precise goal, and try your best to meet it. For instance, challenge yourself not to use your phone after 6 or 7 p.m. Put it in airplane mode, store it in a drawer and don’t get it out again until 9 or 10 a.m. the next morning. It’s a simple trick that will allow you to spend more quality time with your family and be fully present in your interactions with them. Avoiding screens before you go to bed will also help your body rest by improving the quality of your sleep and reducing your levels of stress.
You’ll quickly notice the positive impact of this habit on your life, both on your physical and mental well-being as well as your relationships with your loved ones.
Make it a habit of putting your phone away at mealtimes. Free from distractions, you’ll be able to savour your food, eat more slowly and have more sincere conversations with those around the table.
Even though it’s now easier than ever to communicate with someone on the other side of the planet, spending quality time with loved ones near us has become challenging.
Print your photos to preserve your memories
In this era of smartphones, it has never been easier to immortalize moments. Our phones, Instagram accounts, and Facebook pages contain hundreds of photos. But we often don’t take the time to appreciate these memories. One of the most gratifying aspects of photography is to admire and share the images you’ve captured with your loved ones.
If a photo is worth being immortalized, it’s worth printing – especially if it has captured precious moments with loved ones on vacation or at a birthday party for instance.
Print your most beautiful pictures, and insert them in frames or family albums. Hang portraits of you and your kids on your walls. It’s an authentic home décor idea and is an easy way to let your family know that the moments you spend with them are precious to you.
In this era of smartphones, it has never been easier to immortalize moments.
Turn your favourite moments into gifts
It’s nice to get a virtual card or friendly email, but these quickly end up forgotten among other old emails. A personalized, physical gift is so much more gratifying, for both the person who gives and the person who receives it. It’s a beautiful way to reconnect with loved ones while preserving memories for years to come.
Make your mother, sister or better half happy with personalized greeting cards or photobooks featuring your best moments together. Why not give them a calendar that will remind them throughout the year that you love them? Whatever the occasion, it’s easy to find a gift from a selection of mugs, aprons, bags and a variety of other personalized gifts. No matter which one you choose, you’ll be showing your loved ones you care.
To avoid getting lost in the hundreds of photos that are stored on your phone or computer, make a habit of labelling your favourite pictures when you take them. At the end of every month or season, select the photos you’ve favourited and print them. It’s an easy way to turn your best memories into tangible souvenirs.
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Sophie Bourdon is a holistic nutritional consultant, writer, photographer, and food stylist. She is the founder of The Green Life, a blog featuring delicious plant-based recipes for a healthy, vibrant life. The Green Life inspires thousands of readers to make nutritious, organic choices so they can regain their physical and mental balance.
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