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Digital Detox: 5 Ways to Reconnect with Real Life

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We have all been there endlessly scrolling on our phones when we get a break from our busy days, but when you think back on some of your favorite memories, scrolling on your phone is probably not the first thing to come to mind. While a good scroll on TikTok or Instagram can keep you entertained, the memories you are going to remember the most are those when you were disconnected from your phone and connected with yourself and others. Here are five ways to reconnect with real life. 

Gratitude Journaling 

With the spirit of Thanksgiving in mind, it’s a great time to stop for a moment and think about what you are grateful for. Simply taking a few minutes in a day to write down what you are grateful for, what you are proud of or what you are looking forward to, for example, can bring a sense of positivity and mindfulness into your life. This is not only a way of disconnecting from your phone, but a way to reconnect with yourself. Here is a prompt to get you started.

  • Five things I am grateful for today. 
  • Four things I am looking forward to.
  • Three reasons I am proud of myself. 
  • Two people I am grateful for.
  • One thing I accomplished today.

Take a Hot Girl Walk

Put on your favorite podcast, grab your sweatshirt and your water bottle and take a walk around campus or College Woods. Walking is such a great way to spend time with yourself and nature while also treating your body to some exercise. These are two of my favorite podcasts for a hot girl walk:

Gals on the Go

  • PodcastOne: Gals on the Go

Zane & Heath: Unfiltered 

  • Zane and Heath: Unfiltered

Start a New Hobby or Pick Up an Old One

From as simple as coloring or bracelet making to as complex as learning how to play an instrument, having hobbies in your daily life can give you that sense of accomplishment. Spending time with yourself and doing the things you enjoy is a good way to relax from the stresses of school or work. Listed are some hobby ideas to get you started:

  • Hiking or nature walks
  • Read a book
  • Yoga
  • Coloring 
  • Journaling
  • Learn to play an instrument (I recommend ukulele)
  • Baking

Grab Lunch with a Friend

Whether it be the dining hall or a restaurant, sitting down for a meal and talking with a friend is a great way to catch up and reconnect. Spending time with people who make you feel good and who you can relax with is never time wasted. 

Exercise with Friends 

Going to a workout class or joining an intramural sport can be a great way to feel a sense of community within exercise. Try out a cycling or yoga class or even an intramural sport on campus. People are always trying new things and experiences, so these are great ways to meet new people.

Ada Hayes is a freshman student at the University of New Hampshire. When not studying or dreaming up new article ideas, you can find her working out, watching Gilmore Girls, or relaxing on the beach.