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Constant connection to technology and personal mobile devices can be fun and helpful—think text messages and GPS—but being tethered to your smartphone, laptop or tablet can also increase stress, lead to reduced physical activity and decrease your ability to focus on the people around you. Less stress and more time to have fun with your family are a few of the benefits of unplugging. Here are a few tips to help you unplug for the holidays (or at least reduce your screen time):
- Leave your cell phone and laptop in another room, or at least turn off notifications and temporarily delete social media apps to reduce temptation.
- Tell your family and friends that you’re unplugging for the holidays; they might even join you for a technology-free vacation.
- Set a specific, limited amount of time when you can access your work email, if you absolutely must check in.
- Plan technology-free activities—try playing board games, going sledding or bike riding, baking cookies, reading a book, hosting a karaoke night at home or reviving an old hobby.