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5 Ways To Take An Internet Detox

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Happy Monday! Who's ready for a new week!?

Yesterday was my and Kyle's third anniversary (dating not married) and it was a really nice to spend some quality time together. It has become a tradition for us to go to the Nature and Science Museum on our anniversary and it reminded me of how important it is to spend time away from technology. Now don't go rolling your eyes on me, I love the internet, social media, etc. too but it is really nice to take breaks and look at something besides a screen. 

Which brings me to the topic of this post! Good transition, huh? Okay, but seriously how many blog posts can I put the word "detox" in? I promise I'll take a chill pill on the word after January! 

Now first things first detox always seems to imply some sort of break for a day, or 3... or 7 that isn't what this post is about. I'm not suggesting you give up technology/the internet, what this post is about is ways you can take a break throughout the day to give your mind (and eyes) a rest. 

5 Ways To Take A Brain Break

1. Read

If you saw on my Instagram stories just a couple of days ago I'm trying to get back into reading and by reading I mean actually reading a hard copy book. While I love the convenience of an audio book I think taking the time out of your day to focus on just one thing, like reading, is so good for us. Nowadays we all want to multitask and believe me I enjoy being efficient but I challenge you to take just 20 minutes a day to read something for fun. 

2. Get Outside

If you live somewhere cold, I feel ya, this can be hard to get yourself to do during winter. That being said, going on a walk, hike, or whatever it is outdoors can help make you feel so refreshed. I spend a lot of time on my computer sitting on the couch and while I'm definitely getting things done it feels so mentally beneficial to stretch my legs and take in what is around me not just what's in front of me. 

3. Write

This is like my reading point, I'm not talking writing on a computer I'm talking on a piece of paper. I know that sounds silly but I'm very guilty of this too automatically grabbing my phone to write anything and everything down. Writing can be as simple as filling in your planner for the next week or you can free write if that's what you enjoy. Another idea would just to ask yourself, how you're feeling, what is something you want to accomplish, and what you're grateful for. 

4. Meditate

I'll admit I haven't picked this up myself but I've heard it is AMAZING! I want to start adding meditation to my morning or night routine. Meditation forces you to stop for a few moments and be peaceful. It reminds me of the final pose in most yoga classes, shavasana, where you just lie there focusing on your breathing; all the yoga teachers I've had always say it is the most difficult pose because it is so hard to just be STILL. Even though it is difficult it is important to take quite moments to yourself. 

5. Do Your Hair (or a face mask)

Okay this is very specific but it doesn't need to be! What I mean is take 5, 10, or 30 minutes to do something for yourself. That can be practicing a hairstyle (I love doing this!), doing an at home facial, giving yourself a manicure, etc. it really doesn't matter. Take some time to pamper yourself and do something you normally tell yourself you don't have time to do. 

All of these ideas are very simple but that's how I like it. Overcomplicating health and wellness makes no one want to participate and I certainly don't want that. Also, little things add up; when you just take 5 minutes a day to take a brain/technology break you're adding to your overall wellness. 

Tell me in the comments or on Instagram what you do to take a brain break!

XOXO, Maddy

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