Actually, don’t just stand there. Flex your toes and dig around in that shit. If you’re perched atop the grass, dig your toes underneath it and get to know the soil.
Step 3. If there’s space, get on your knees or sit on your butt and if there’s even more space than that, starfish on the ground.
I mean it, bitch. Get on your belly or your back and roll around on the ground. If you need a mental image to get you going, picture a very happy dog on the first day of summer or a three-year-old after naptime on a summer afternoon.
Step 4. Close your eyes and open them again.
Keep ‘em closed if that’s your poison. If your eyes are facing the sky, gaze up at the sun, moon, clouds, and/or the vast space in between them all. Take in the bounty of the universe.
Here’s the thing. Humans are meant to be outside. But instead, we spend most of our time strapped to digital devices and trapped in air conditioned boxes like houses and cars.
Now more than ever it’s crucial that we take conscious time to reconnect to this earth. Reconnecting to nature reminds us that the world is bigger than what can be encompassed by our offices, homes, computers, and social media profiles.
Step 5. Now’s the time to listen to any books, playlists, or episodes of The Michelle Obama Podcast you’ve had queued.
But you can also leave that for next time and enjoy the sound of silence for now. If you live in an urban area or if kids and pets are competing for your attention, you might prefer to drown out the sound of the garbage man or your loud neighbor with some sweeter sounds. I highly recommend listening to Spotify’s Daily Wellness playlist. I was skeptical of it at first, but the mix of music and meditation podcasts is usually just what the doctor ordered.
3. Hide your phone from yourself.
Ok, “hide” is a strong word. You don’t need to play hide and go seek with an inanimate object. Just put it out of sight and out of mind. I like to leave mine in another room or on another floor of my house. If you live in one room, put your phone at the bottom of a box and tuck it out of sight in a corner or a closet.
Step 1. Inhale. Exhale.
You’re gonna be OK. The world is not going to collapse if you’re unplugged for a little while. I know, it kinda feels like it might collapse. But it really won’t.
Here’s the thing: Being plugged into your devices is fucking with your life, BIG TIME. Once upon a time, human beings were not plugged in 24/7 and I’m willing to bet that a lot of us were happier or at least more relaxed day to day than we are now. It’s important to keep on top of what’s going on in the world, but there’s a fine line between staying informed and depending on news and social media for happiness. No wonder we’re so stressed out—we’re always plugged in!
You don’t have to hide your phone for that long. No one’s timing you and I’m not gonna come by your house and judge you for getting it out of the box after five minutes of hiding it. But even five minutes without scrolling will do wonders for your mental health.
Step 2. Find something else to do.
While your phone is MIA, why not grab a notebook and sketch a little? Or journal a little. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read for years and try to read just one page. If all else fails, you can journal about how much you miss your phone. If you’re craving a little exercise, practice a few yoga poses or see how far you can get with the hundred push-ups challenge. If you have to, turn on the TV or binge something on Netflix. But keep that in your back pocket as a last resort.