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Take a Break: Six Tips for a Successful Tech Unplugging


March 1st is Global Day of Unplugging, a time to take a break from technology and celebrate human connection. Unplugging from technology and reconnecting with what matters most can look different for all of us when you factor in preferences, environment, time and a range of other considerations. UScellular is leading the conversation around developing healthier relationships with technology – here are a few tips to help you have a positive unplugging experience.

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Hide and Don’t Seek.

When it comes to disconnecting, “out of sight, out of mind” is sometimes the easiest solution. Place your phone in a drawer or cupboard or wherever else you won't be able to easily spot it. When you're in your car, keep it in your bag or purse. To avoid being tempted if you hear your phone buzzing, think about putting it on airplane mode or turning off the notifications. Speaking of notifications…

Put Your Phone in US Mode.

US Mode, created by UScellular, helps users better utilize customizable native focus settings on their smartphones. US Mode allows you to set time limits on social media apps, disable non-human push notifications, eliminate red notification bubbles for apps and enable pre-set quiet times. Learn more about US Mode at www.uscellular.com/USMode.

Reconnect with Family and Friends.

Talk about your favorite memories with your partner. Take a friend you haven't seen in a long time out to dinner. Invite your neighbors to a game night with board games. Try making a brand-new recipe or dish for your family. Make experiences that are unique and impossible to duplicate if you were glued to your phone.

Unplug with Your Kids.

While you unplug, be sure to establish healthier digital boundaries with your children with UScellular and Screen Sanity’s Smarter Start Toolkit. It includes educational and actionable tools, tips and an agreement for both parents and kids, so everyone can use technology in a thoughtful way during and after they’re done unplugging.

Be a Creative Genius.

Painting and drawing are activities that not only allow you to express your creativity, but they also provide a sense of accomplishment and relaxation during your unplugging session. If you're feeling crafty, you could also make your own jewelry, furniture, or decor for your home. Additionally, reading a book or writing in a journal can be a great way to disconnect from technology and engage your mind.

Get out. Work out. Chill out.

Take a break from being on your device by spending time outdoors and getting some fresh air on a walk or bike ride.

The Great Outdoors offers plenty of exercise options as well. Try going for a run, hitting up the neighborhood pool, or shooting some hoops.

If technology plays a significant role in your self-care regimen, be sure to substitute it for peaceful activities during your unplugging. After a long day, try yoga, spend some time in the sun, learn to meditate, or take a well-deserved bath.