Have you been getting too much screen time lately? Or maybe all that has been going on in the world is beginning to be too much? That is all understandable, and we can relate. We are living in a crazy time – feeling varied emotions is totally normal.
Many of us need a “reset” of sorts as we slowly migrate back into socializing. Being at home with limited face-to-face interaction and technology at every turn can cause us a sense of burnout and fatigue.
What better way to reset than by unplugging and reconnecting with yourself and nature? Camping is a great way to do this since it gets you both out of the house and into nature. And with campgrounds opening on PEI on June 1st, the timing is perfect to rejuvenate your mind as the summer begins!
Unplugging doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. The beauty of it is that there are no real rules – it can be done however you want and in ways that work best for you. To get your plan started, here are some ideas and tips.
1) Put your phone on silent
Turn your ringer off and keep your phone on vibrate, or keep it totally silenced and on “do not disturb”. Whatever you feel comfortable with works best. A quieter phone equates to a quieter mind! Being less available to your phone lets you be in the moment and enjoy more of what is happening around you.
2) Turn off notifications
Our smartphones are a great resource, but they can also be a big distraction. The constant notifications popping up keep us busy and paying more attention to our phone than everyday life. Turning off, or limiting, popup notifications is a great way to distance ourselves from social media, e-mail and games.
3) Check your phone, social media and e-mail at specific times
Limiting the amount of time spent scrolling Instagram and Facebook is one way to get more time in your day. Oftentimes, we do not realize how much time we spend on social media apps or playing games on our phones. Schedule times throughout the day to spend checking your timeline and e-mails. Pick a specific time you are willing to spend per day, then limit yourself to just that.
4) Have a campfire
A crackling fire at your campsite under the stars is a fun way to unplug and be in nature. You can cook meals over the fire, roast marshmallows, make s’mores and sing songs or tell stories! You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even miss technology. This is a great way to connect with family and to focus on being together.
5) Take a nature walk
There are many beautiful things we miss in nature when we are looking at our phones all the time. Sure, it’s great to take photos and commemorate our adventures, but sometimes it’s just as nice to put the phone away and fully immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Look for wildlife, plants or find a new area to explore.
6) Just kick back and relax
The ultimate way to unplug? Put all that technology away, forget the outside world for a little bit and just relax! Breathe in the fresh air, dip your toes in the water or take a nap while the wind blows gently around you. You could grab a good book or play some music and simply take some time for yourself.
It’s been a tough time for many lately, and we all need a break. Taking some time to unplug, relax in nature and tune out the noise, even for a short time, will do wonders for your well-being!
What tips do you have for unplugging and getting back to nature? Let us know in the comments! Happy Relaxing – and happy camping!