Oh man I just got another Facebook notification on my phone…..
This seems like a never-ending occurrence in this digital world we live in where we are constantly receiving notifications. You can shut off notifications on your phone but there will still be someone trying to call you, send you an email, or a friend texting you about something.
We are overloaded with noise from so many different areas. In order to tackle this, I think it’s time that we start facing our demons face to face. One of those demons believe it or not is our phone.
Now you might be thinking, how is my phone a demon? Well it’s a demon because we all (whether we like it or not) let our phones basically run our lives.
We’re constantly scrolling, liking, tweeting, and posting no matter where we are. Over for supper at mom and dad’s, at the dinner table with family, or sitting on the couch with our spouse watching Netflix.
Being always connected on multiple levels isn’t always a bad thing. There are a lot of advantages as well. Especially for entrepreneurs and business professionals who use apps and tools correctly. It’s a way to really establish yourself from competitors in the market and communicate with anyone, anywhere.
But there needs to be a time and a place where we all just disconnect and not worry about our phones. A place where we can be mesmerized by natural beauty instead of Facebook.
Beauty can come in many shapes and forms, but one that I suggest you experience to recharge is nature.
Nature can be such a calming force that allows us to focus on the present. As a busy millennial or business professional we can always be focused on GO-GO-GO. In hindsight, this is something we need to contain.
To allow ourselves some time to breathe, relax, and enjoy the present moment.
Being out in nature allows us to do this. Whether that involves hiking in the mountains, going camping for the weekend, or a full-on digital detox away from home in a remote area. This can be an amazing experience for you in 2017.
To help get your mind flowing with ideas here are a few suggestions:
Just a few weeks ago my wife and I skied together for the first time ever. It was her first time in about ten years and my first time in well since I was a little kid.
We went to Marmot Basin in beautiful Jasper, Canada and had such an amazing time. We explored the entire mountain and the more runs we went down, the more comfortable we felt. It was both relaxing and fun.
When you do a ski trip you are forced to focus on skiing and your surroundings because come on you’re sliding down a mountain at high speeds. You need to be paying attention.
This provides an experience where you won’t be looking at your phone or emails, because you can’t. You’re phone will be tucked away in one of your jacket pockets probably until lunch (unless you decide to snap a few selfies on the hill).
Planning a ski trip whether it’s for a day or a weekend is a great way to detox yourself in 2017.
It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or hot where you are right now, you can find resorts and hotels all over the world for whatever your preference that are totally secluded. What I mean by secluded is that they are away from everything. Usually they are surrounded by a park, forest, mountains, or a body of water like an ocean or a lake.
Staying at a resort like this forces you to get in touch with nature and admire its natural beauty rather than focusing on where you can get “free wi-fi” for your phone. I know for myself I’m really bad at this.
What I chose to do was find a hotel which happened to be the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge that is totally surrounded by nature. There are trails to walk everywhere, mountains surrounding you, a lake to look at, and just an overall calming feel to the property.
This really allowed someone like myself to disconnect for the weekend and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I know this was important for me coming back home after and having one of my most productive weeks I’ve had so far in 2017. Mainly because I felt refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead after allowing myself time to relax.
If you are feeling drained, tired, or beat down with your business or job, I recommend you get outside in nature and take yourself away from the distractions.
I’m confident that if you experience a weekend similar to how I experienced a few weeks ago that 2017 can be your best year yet. It’s all in your hands now, so go plan your own digital detox.
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” — Seneca
Originally published at medium.com