August 21 - Screen-free Time

Screen-free time is one of the white whales of the modern era. We all basically agree that being constantly "On" isn't good for our stress levels, our work-life balance, or our productivity. But the interconnection of the world is so pervasive that I don't know if we could really live without it. Social media and being constantly connected amplifies my depression. So I've done a lot to reduce my exposure to social media over the last year, but I'm still connected to my phone. We try to have phone-free meals together.  Recently I've started taking phone-free walks around the block with my husband. It combines exercise, screen-free time, and open communication. We have nice indepth converations about life, philosophy, and current events. It's is really nice to spend a simple and quiet amount of time regularly engaged with each other.