1. You’re connected everywhere. If you’ve got a device – or three – on in every room of your home, it may be time to set some limits.
Try this: Establish tech-free zones, such as the dining room table, a comfy chair, and your bedroom. Put the focus on your meal, your family, a good book, or a restful night’s sleep.
2. You’re connected all the time. You’re constantly checking your cell phone or laptop on evenings, weekends, and vacations – even when it’s not necessary.
Try this: If possible, turn off your gadgets at a certain time every day or set them aside. And, if you find yourself logging on longer than intended, consider setting a timer to alert you when it’s time to sign off.
3. You’re more active online than off. Are you more engaged with friends in your cyber world than with those you could see face to face? Do you go online instead of doing things that would improve your well-being, such as being creative or physically active, or simply relaxing?
Try this: Set aside time for family or friends each week. Reconnect in person, or call instead of your usual text message.
And, do something new and low-tech for fun. All those projects and recipes you’ve browsed on the Internet? Give one of them a go. Or, dust off your bike or walking shoes and head out into the worldwide world!
Find what clicks for you
Remember, this isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. By moving toward a more balanced approach, you can have unconnected quality time, and still benefit from what technology has to offer.
Source: United Healthcare Healthy Mind Healthy Body Newsletter, Published May 2012, By Michael Rosen, M.D.