5 ways to disconnect from the 'Always On' culture

Jun 19, 2023
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Are you a slave to the system?

Do you find yourself constantly checking your phone, email, or social media accounts? Do you need help to disconnect from work even during your free time? If so, I hear ya!

In today's fast-paced world, unplugging and giving yourself a break from the 'always on' culture can be challenging. But believe me; there are ways to disconnect and take care of yourself.

By setting boundaries with technology, engaging in mindful activities, finding alternative hobbies, making time for face-to-face interactions, and taking time off for self-care, you can step away from the constant demands of modern life and focus on what really matters; your mental health and well-being.

Let's explore five ways to discover how we can all benefit from unplugging once in a while.

Setting boundaries with technology

If you truly want to disconnect from the constant 'always on' culture, you need to start setting boundaries with your technology. It's important to remember that you have control over your devices, not the other way around.

Start by turning off notifications for non-essential apps and setting specific times of day for checking email and social media. Avoid bringing your phone into certain spaces, like the bedroom or dining table, and consider using a physical alarm clock instead of relying on your phone's alarm.

By taking these small steps, you'll be able to reclaim some much-needed space in your life and prioritise real human interactions over digital ones. Remember, taking a break from technology is okay - it can even improve your overall well-being.

Engaging in mindful activities

To alleviate stress and promote relaxation, indulge in activities that allow you to be fully present and in the moment, like taking a walk in nature or practising meditation.

Often when we're busy, Jules and I will take just 10 minutes to get out and walk around the gardens, and every time we notice something different; a new plant, species of bird or a new neighbourhood cat.

Engaging in mindfulness activities can help you disconnect from the constant demands of technology and recharge your mental batteries. Simple practices, such as yoga or deep breathing exercises, can also help reduce anxiety levels and increase feelings of calmness.

By taking time out, you're investing in your own well-being, which will also benefit those around you by allowing you to be more present and attentive.

So go ahead, switch off, tune out and indulge in some mindfulness today.

Finding alternative hobbies

Explore new hobbies to add excitement and variety to your life. When Jules and I discovered Padel Tennis, it changed our world and gave us something to focus on outside of work.

Maybe you've wanted to try rock climbing or learn to paint; now's the perfect time. By trying new things, you'll be able to take a break from technology and discover hidden talents and passions. Engaging in new activities can also lead to meeting like-minded individuals with similar interests.

So don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore the possibilities that await you - you never know what you might find.

Making time for face-to-face interactions

Connecting with people in person can bring you joy and happiness that you can't find through screens alone. So it's time to set aside your phone or computer and make time for face-to-face interactions.

Whether it's having a coffee date with a friend, attending a local event, or joining a social club, being around others can boost your mood and improve your overall well-being.

Not only does it provide an opportunity to connect on a deeper level, but it also allows for communication that simply can't be expressed through text messages or video calls.

We all need real-world connections, so why not make an effort to see someone in person?

It may require scheduling adjustments or stepping out of your comfort zone, but the benefits are more than worth it; stronger relationships, increased happiness, and decreased stress levels.

Revisit the gift of human connection today 😊

Getting away from it all

We all deserve a break now and again, so take time just for yourself and focus on your well-being. Taking time off is crucial for your mental and physical health; whether it's a day at the spa, a hike in nature, or simply curling up with a good book, make sure you're dedicating regular time to recharge your batteries.

Or take a trip where you can escape the daily noise and overwhelm. Stepping out of your environment can do wonders in clearing your mind and allowing you to think about what you really want in life.

It might only be for a few days, but find a place that will inspire, motivate and allow you to reconnect with this beautiful planet we live on.

Remember that by taking care of yourself first, you'll be better equipped to serve others in the long run. So don't feel guilty about carving out some me-time – it's an investment in yourself and those around you.


Remember, it's essential to prioritise your mental health and well-being over constant connectivity. By being intentional with your technology use and making time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, you can create a healthier relationship with technology and reduce the negative impacts of an 'always on' culture.



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