Saturday, August 31, 2013

Get your old life back

Stay away from the Television, Internet, Chat, Email, Facebook, Twitter, Smartphone, Whatsapp and any other gadget or app for an hour, once a week to begin with, and do something you haven't done in a long time. 

Here are a few healthy suggestions: draw and paint, read a book or comic book, play a game of chess on a proper chessboard, sit with your stamp collection, listen to music on a radio, solve a crossword or puzzle from a newspaper, play Scrabble, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary with family or friends, go for a walk or cycling, play Solitaire with a pack of cards, exercise, meditate or do yoga, play an outdoor sport... Do anything that you enjoyed doing as a kid or a teen. Even play with Hot Wheels if you still have them.

Make time for yourself. Do the things that you loved doing once. Put some of the lost magic back into your life. At first an hour away from your gadgets and apps may seem like agony but over time you will learn to appreciate the quality time you're giving to yourself, and to your family, and a time will come when you will look forward to doing the things that you once did naturally and effortlessly. 

Start today by saying no to your tech buddies for an hour every Sunday.