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WE’RE ALWAYS “ON”
We love texting and email but they’re pretty impersonal ways to connect. Yep, even with a string of thoughtfully selected emoji’s thrown in! And, social media is the norm, but studies (like this one) have found that, surprisingly, social media makes us less social (say what now?!).
Whether you prefer to connect by texting, emailing, or social media – being “connected” and “always on” every day can be stressful and mentally overwhelming. Taking periodic breaks from these forms of communication can boost your mental health and overall well-being. Just 5 – 10 minutes away from the constant stream of messaging invading our brains can do wonders for our mind and mood.
One of many activities to do in the 5 – 10 minute break from tech is to go “old school”. Thaaaat’s right. Grab your favorite pen, a piece of paper (or journal), and write. Below are eight ideas of what you can write about.
TECH TIME OUT: 8 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT
Try one or all of these creative writing activities when taking your 5 -10 minute “tech time out” or anytime you just want to enjoy a little “me” time:
What’s more romantic than a handwritten love note? Whether you write your love note to someone in your life or to yourself, writing a love note in your own words adds a personal, heartfelt touch.
Thank You Notes
There is possibly no better way to say a simple thank you than a handwritten thank you note. Writing a handwritten note is the perfect way to express your gratitude for someone’s kindness. A handwritten thank you note is always appreciated. It’s a note the recipient can read and enjoy over and over again.
Get up a little bit earlier than usual and write. Write down your first thoughts. Write whatever comes to mind, no matter what it is, but write until you fill up three pages. Note: Although best done in the mornings when your brain is most active, the morning pages process can be done any time of the day.
A task list is an organized collection of things (tasks) you want to accomplish today or in the future. You can create as many lists as you like, and each one can have its own name, description, due date, priority level. Task lists are a great way to bring order and clarity to all the things competing for your time.
Do you have a messy mind filled with anxiety, worry, stress, or too many ideas and to-do’s? A brain dump is a quick and easy way to put what’s in your head somewhere else. In this case, on a blank piece of paper. Brain dumps help to clear out and untangle your mind so that you can focus on what matters most. You can then decide which things need to be done first.
A doodle is an image that you draw on paper or other media. Doodles can be simple sketches, patterns, words, or random images. Don’t overthink it or set any expectations just draw. Draw whatever comes to mind but don’t put your pen down until your tech break ends.
One Question is a simple yet effective way to focus what you write. Find one question or prompt that intrigues you, and write down your response to it. Two thought-provoking websites to check out:
An affirmation is stating a positive thought and asserting it as a fact. Affirmations are short, yet powerful sentences that have personal meaning for you. When you say them out loud, think them, or write them down, they trigger a strong emotion and become the thoughts you use to shape your reality. The benefit of affirmations is that they allow you to consciously choose to prioritize positivity over negativity.
Writing things down is a therapeutic way to be more kind to your mind (and body). It helps reduce stress, anxiety, and worry. We hope this post inspires you to press pause in your day, disconnect from tech (just for a little while), and write.