Don’t actually just stand there. Bend your toes and dig around in this shit. When you sit on the grass, dig your toes under it and learn about the ground.
Step 3. If there’s room, get on your knees or sit on your bum, and if there’s more room, starfish on the bottom.
I’m serious bitch Get on your stomach or back and roll over on the floor. If you need a mental picture to get started, imagine a very happy dog on the first day of summer or a three year old after noon on a summer afternoon.
Step 4. Close your eyes and open them again.
Keep it closed if that’s your poison. When your eyes are fixed on the sky, you are looking at the sun, moon, clouds and / or the vast space between them. Take in the fullness of the universe.
More than ever, it is crucial that we consciously take time to reconnect with this earth. Reconnecting with nature reminds us that the world is bigger than what our offices, homes, computers and social media profiles can include.
Step 5. Now is the time to listen to books, playlists, or episodes of The Michelle Obama Podcast you got in line.
But you can leave it for the next time and enjoy the sound of silence for the time being. If you live in an urban area, or if children and pets are competing for your attention, you may prefer to drown out the noise of the garbage collector or your noisy neighbor with slightly sweeter noises. I highly recommend listening to Spotify’s Daily Wellness playlist. I was skeptical at first, but the mix of music and meditation podcasts is usually exactly what the doctor ordered.
3. Hide your phone from yourself.
Ok, “hide” is a strong word. You don’t have to play hide and seek with an inanimate object. Just put it out of sight and from your mind. I like to leave mine in another room or on a different floor of my house. If you live in a room, put your phone on the floor of a box and tuck it away from sight in a corner or closet.
Step 1. Breathe in. Exhale.
You will be alright. The world won’t collapse if you unplug it for a while. I know it kind of feels like it’s going to break down. But it really won’t.
Here’s the thing: being connected to your devices is doomed with your life, BIG TIME. Once upon a time people weren’t connected 24/7, and I’m willing to bet many of us were happier, or at least more relaxed, day by day than we are today. Staying in the know is important, but there is a fine line between staying tuned and depending on the news and social media for happiness. No wonder we are so stressed – we are always connected!
You don’t have to hide your phone for so long. Nobody is driving you and I will not come by your house and judge you for taking it out of the box after hiding it for five minutes. But even five minutes without scrolling has a positive effect on your mental health.
Step 2. Find something else to do.
If your phone is MIA, then you can grab a notebook and do a little sketching. Or a little diary. Take the book you’ve been wanting to read for years and try to read just one page. When all else fails, you can keep a log of how much you miss your phone. If you’re craving some exercise, practice a few yoga poses or see how far you can get with the challenge of a hundred pushups. If you have to, turn on the TV or turn something on Netflix. But keep this in your back pocket as a last resort.