Health, Lifestyle, Motivation

Thoughts on the New Year

Hello and welcome back! Happy New Year! I took a really long break from the blog last year because I wanted to be more present. This is something that I am wanting to continue on into this year. In today’s age of smart phones and social media, it is so easy to get sucked into spending ridiculous amounts of time scrolling on Facebook or your Instagram feed while sitting next to loved ones instead of actually looking at them and talking to them. Ever since my phone started telling me every week how many hours I spent on average looking at my phone, I have really tried to cut that down and to be present. I recently found out that on my iPhone I could enable time limits on certain apps and I can enable downtime, so that from certain times you can’t access certain apps and won’t get notifications. I enabled downtime on my phone from 9PM-7AM. I love this so much. Now I don’t get up first thing in the morning and sit in bed for 10 minutes looking through social media. Now I actually pay attention when I say good morning and good night to Isaac and our pups instead of saying it distractedly. I only allow myself 2 hours a day on social media and then my phone tells me that my time is up. In addition to being more present and unplugging from technology, I’m challenging myself to be more aware of my body. For a few years now, I have really tried to be aware of the foods that we eat and to reduce how often we go out. We noticed that by cutting out the extra trips through the drive thru during the week, sitting down and planning out our meals for the week, and sticking to a schedule when it comes to grocery shopping, we saved money, spent more time together, and even lost a little weight. Getting up and out of the house to take the dogs for a long walk is great because we are able to talk without the distraction of our phones and we are doing something that gets the blood flowing. What are your thoughts on “unplugging” and being present? What are some of your favorite ways to spend time with your loved ones? Let me know in the comments! 

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on the New Year

  1. Hi Paula, I am impressed with your many excellent ideas about how to live better. And I am also impressed at how well you have put them into practice. Being more aware of the person you are with, as well as the healthfulness & cost of the food you are eating–excellent!
    I am in my late 60’s, & I spend very little time on social media. I receive an email notification from Facebook every time someone I am “friends” with on Facebook posts something. What I usually do is to look at Facebook every few days, looking at the various posts I have received notifications about. (They are listed for me on the Facebook site). That way, I keep up a bit with people’s lives without spending my day staring at my phone. Also, some people’s posts I often skip because they post trivial things. I prefer to look at posts from people who post things of some importance.
    Keep up the good work, Paula! Jackie

    1. Hi Jackie! I like your method of using Facebook. Social media can be so great when it comes to keeping in touch with people we otherwise may not interact with. On the other hand, I’ve noticed more and more how much time it can consume if you aren’t careful. I do the same thing that you do with skipping the posts about trivial things. I’m trying to get myself into the habit of looking up and around me and instead of down at my devices all of the time. 🙂

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