Making Time For Phone-Free Fun

I hate to admit it, but I can get a little addicted to my smart phone. I know I’m really in trouble when my neck starts to hurt from looking down! The thing is, smart phones help us accomplish so much and offer opportunities to connect literally at our fingertips; I’ve found though,  I’m much more efficient on my phone when I’m not with it at all times.

A few weeks ago, I took the kids and my dog for a long walk and for whatever reason did not bring my phone. I realized right away that I didn’t have it but did not turn back. Within minutes of walking, I started to have some really good blog post ideas. I decided what to make for dinner. I thought about a promotion to do at my yoga studio. My creative juices were flowing because I was allowing them to run free. No dings or bells or chimes or beeps interrupted. I did think at one point, ‘I sure bet I’ll have a lot of missed calls/e-mails/text messages/notifications what I get home.’ And guess what … I didn’t have a single one!

Since then, I’ve made a conscience effort to have some quality phone-free fun every day. Right away I realize I’m more present and relaxed without my phone. Because I love taking pictures of my kids, I’ve dusted off my real camera that I bought for our household a few years ago and am enjoying playing around with its features.

We all have things we’d rather be doing (ahem, sweating 😉 ) and the smart phone addiction takes away from those real life desires. If you’re thinking you’d like to go phone-free, even for parts of the day, the following ideas and tips can help you to do so.

  • Set a designated time to check email and social media. Even if you check it more than once a day, be intentional with when you check it and respond as necessary during that designated time.
  • Turn off e-mail and social media notifications
  • Turn off the ringer
  • Heck, just turn it off! 😉
  • Make a “no phones at the dinner table” rule
  • Take that a step further and make a “no phones when eating” rule. Yep, even that afternoon stack when the kids are napping!
  • Get outside and switch up your surroundings

Without technology at our fingertips, we can embrace the opportunity to think freely. Recognizing where are thoughts travel is really interesting. They probably go to places and consider things differently than if there was an electronic distraction present and glowing.

Hopefully what happens is that is that we become less attached and less addicted to these devices; we should use them to enhance our lives, not consume them.

 

Not Your Average Oatmeal

I can hardly call this concoction a “recipe,” but it is so easy and quick to make and tastes absolutely delicious that I had to share it nonetheless! I’ve been eating this for breakfast every morning all week and it truly gives me the energy I need to focus be productive. Speaking of focus, healthy food really does affect our brains and concentration. On mornings when I have a breakfast like this I feel so energized, not only physically but also mentally.

I wanted to make sure to be including oatmeal in my diet is because I’ve been reading how it’s great for breastfeeding moms and increasing milk supply. I don’t have a supply problem (my daughter is in the 97th percentile! ha!) but growth spurts seem to come on so quickly that I want to be proactive and be able to keep up with her needs. Although some sources say that there’s no scientific evidence to support that oatmeal boots milk supply, I figure it can’t hurt and it’s healthy anyway!

So here the steps for the yummiest oatmeal I’ve ever had:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup shelled walnuts
  • 1/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • drizzle maple syrup

Instructions

  • Mix oats and water and cook according to instructions (I just microwaved mine for 2 minutes)
  • Add walnuts, yogurt, and maple syrup
  • Stir and enjoy!

Oatmeal

I should say that you absolutely do not have to be a breastfeeding mom to enjoy this yummy meal! Even my two-year son old loved it this morning; in fact, I had to make a second bowl because he ate my entire serving!