*This post is sponsored by Tradewinds tea but all opinions are my own.
In this day and age of smartphones, tablets, tv subscriptions, and other countless distractions, it’s easy to lose touch with what really matters in life. We’ve forgotten how to focus on one thing at a time and are finding ourselves in a constant state of mental juggling.
We don’t always like to admit it but many of us are addicted to our smartphones and other hand-held devices. It’s impossible to be mindful when all of our senses are focused on our electronics. When we live like this, our loved ones suffer and may feel deprived from our love and full attention.
Being mindful means that we’re mentally aware of the present moment with the absence of judgement. It allows us to be focused on the here and now and be fully engaged with those around us. It’s near impossible to communicate and connect with others when we’re constantly looking down at our mobile devices, texting, or simply browsing the web and social media.
Although technology can be extremely beneficial, abusing our screen time can lead to depression, anxiety, lack of attention, and a lower quality of life. If we’re not careful, excessive screen time can cause us to miss out on real life, including the fulfilling experience of time spent with those we love. Make the decision today to put down your smartphone and simply live in the moment. You’ll notice and begin to feel the benefits almost immediately!
It can be tough to disconnect from our hand-held devices, especially when we’re accustomed to having them nearby at all times. In our modern society, many of us have developed an unhealthy addiction to our screens which can literally destroy our family life if we allow it to.
So how can we begin the process of “phone detoxification?” There are little things you can do each day to slowly decrease the need to be close to your phone.
- Leave your phone in the car or in your purse or pocket when planning to have a get together with friends.
- Put your phone on silent and leave it in another room of the house.
- Turn your phone off entirely when spending time with your family.
- If you still want to use features such as the camera on your phone, simply put it in airplane mode so that you won’t be tempted to make calls or browse the web.
Do one or more of these for at least 15-20 minutes a day and gradually begin to increase the time spent away from your phone. Make the decision to disconnect and spend more time with your family. Find something that everyone will enjoy and make it a habit to connect with one another on a frequent basis.
Simple way to stay connected
This week, my Husband and I enjoyed a refreshing green tea drink after dinner while our little guy played in the backyard. I had purchased another gallon of the Tradewinds Iced Tea and this time, I decided to try the green tea. We were very pleased with the flavor and love that it’s made using real tea leaves.
It’s the little things like catching up on one another’s day that make all the difference in the world in making us feel more connected. Life is too short — put away the smart phones from time-to-time and talk to one another.
Pick up your Tradewinds iced tea at your nearby grocery store which comes in one of the following flavors:
- Sweet Tea, available in 2 sizes: 18.5oz & gallon
- Unsweet Tea, available in 2 sizes: 18.5oz & gallon
- Green Tea with Honey, available in 2 sizes: 18.5oz & gallon
- Unsweetened Peach Tea, available in the gallon size
- Raspberry Iced Tea, available in 2 sizes: 18.5oz & gallon
- Tea & Lemonade, available in the gallon size
- Extra Sweet Tea, available in the gallon size
Put away your smart-phones, and really savor the moment with your loved ones.