6 things you can do when you wake up without using your mobile

We all use our electronic devices to set the alarm when we wake up every morning, that’s clear. But we also know that it is increasingly difficult for us to get out of bed when we look at all the social networks, news and apps as soon as we wake up. But, what if our morning routine could help us start the day better and be more effective without the need to use a cell phone? At Offtime we give you the solution so that the first 24 minutes of the day are digital free.

 1. Brush your teeth (2 minutes)

 Even if we wash our teeth before going to bed, our mouth dries out during the night, causing it to produce less saliva and increase bacteria. Washing your mouth deeply and starting the morning with a fresh mouth will make you start the day differently.

2. Drink water (1 minute)

Drinking cold water as soon as you wake up makes our body and mind activate after the night’s rest, so a glass is all you need to get going.

3. Meditate (7 minutes)

Meditating is not just about investing 30-40 minutes. Just as Offtime helps you to disconnect, there are many apps that help you invest a small time in meditation and this will make your perspective of the day always more positive. But for a total disconnection, audiobooks or CDs will help you too. Clarifying the mind, silencing your brain and filling yourself with good energies are only 7 minutes that will make a big difference.

4. Concentration (5 minutes)

Although concentrating and meditating seem the same, they have nothing to do with it. While meditation leads to calmness, concentration brings us to all the tasks of the day and how to organize ourselves to get the most out of our time. Set goals so that at the end of the day, you can see with pride that you have achieved it.

5. Exercise (7minutes)

Moving and exercising when you wake up not only keeps you in shape, but also spreads oxygen throughout the body. Preparing a basic table with several basic exercises will help you train all the parts of the body. You just need concentration!

6. Stretch (2 minutes)

 After the exercise, stretching is very important not only to avoid injuries, but to not lose the flexibility that is reduced with age.


After these 6 steps in which you have only invested 24 minutes, you will be ready to start your day in the best way without using your mobile device. Remember to open Offtime and you can count the minutes without using your device. Disconnect and enjoy your life with Offtime app.

SOME IDEAS TO UNPLUG WITH YOUR FAMILY

Have a game day.

Restrict computer games to one day a week and allow your kids to really play on that one day, so that it becomes something to look forward to.

Take vintage photos and create your family scrapbook.

Buy a polaroid camera and take photos, after that you can add them to a scrapbook with stickers! It can be a fun activity.

Make a game of screen free time

Turn screen free time into a game, OFFTIME APP can help you, you can share your time off with all family and blocks every app that you choice during this time, your family will be unplug for the time to set.

Collect stones and painting them

Enjoy outside and pick some stones to paint at home.

Share chores

Share the cleaning, washing and domestic activities. Chores are much fun when you have a conversation while you are doing it.

Family game

Play a board game together or start a puzle.

Dance

Enjoy the music with your kids, move your body and let yourself go.

Play MASTERCHEF

Cook a meal altogether or just individually and see who the winner is.

Seek treasure

Create a treasure map and send your child on a treasure hunt.

Share the screen time

Every week you can share screen time with your family, for example, every Friday you can watch a film all together.

WAYS TO FIND A HEALTHY BALANCE OF MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUNG KIDS

While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis, there is no doubt that many young people in the United States and other countries remain connected and away from “real” life for many more hours than experts consider healthy for their lives in a normal development. This begins at an early stage, often with children who still do not talk and are entertained by their parents’ cell phones and tablets instead of exploring the world around them and interacting with those around them.

Parenting in a way that raises healthy, balanced children now requires more savvy, skill and self-responsibility than ever.  It has been proven that over exposure to certain kinds of technology can and does increase narcissism, entitlement, and anxiety, and decreases empathy, self-esteem, and resiliency – to name a few.

Some tips to balance to Keep your kids In digital balance are:

  • Become emotionally and mentally a digital health person.

It will impact the adults your children will become (which is especially more needed in this digital age). Do whatever it takes to heal, grow and evolve. Get support in breaking out of old habits and blind spots and learn to create deeper connection with your own inner world and those of your children.

  • Be a Role Model to Your Children.

Young kids learn how to use technology by watching their parents, so model healthy habits early by balancing media time with real time.

  • Limit screen time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ages 2 to 5 be limited to one hour of screen time a day, with consistent limits for older children on the amount of time and place they get to have screen time. Parents play an important role in teaching their children how to use screen time in a healthy way that can enhance daily life.

  • Have “Digital-Free Zones”.

It is the only zone in the house without digital devices even if no one is around. Do this when your children are young and maintain it all the way until the day they leave your home.

  • Device-Free Dinners.

It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, fewer behavior problems, less substance abuse, and healthier eating are some of the positive outcomes.

Practicing these healthy digital habits will go a long way towards helping us all restore sanity to humanity – one child at a time.

ARE YOU READY FOR A DIGITAL DETOX CHALLENGE?

Do you think you can control your life? Or your device control you?

It is time to look into a digital detox. It’s about getting you to learn you can live without your phone.

Simple Things to Do Before You Start

Find a partner. Sharing your experience with another person will help make you accountable for your behavior and for sticking with the detox.

Motivate. Identify five positive results that will come from cutting down or changing your technology use.

Support yourself. Write and post statements such as “I want to be in control of my choices around technology” around your home, car and office.

Buy a new journal for this detox. At the end of each day, write down something about your experience with the process.

So let’s get started.

  1. Download OFFTIME APP, the app’s intuitive analytics make it easy to identify your habits and take action to change them. This App lets you understand your digital habits through insightful graphs and appealing visualizations of your smartphone usage, clustered by daily, weekly, monthly and total usage reports.
  2. Limit yourself to 2 hours at day, just block the apps, notifications and calls and schedule OFFTIME APP for 2 hours a day when you like or just personalized the apps that you use the most to block them. Let OFFTIME time-out feature supports you with taking breaks from your phone. You can take those OFFTIMEs individually – or invite friends, families or colleges to a share OFFTIME.
  3. Refrain from holding your device in your hand or keeping it in your pocket when it’s not in use.
  4. Avoid using tech devices during the last hour before you go to bed. You’ve most likely heard that the blue light that your smartphone and tablet emit is bad for sleep. The reason is simple. Blue light is the shortest and brightest wavelength. These facts mean that blue light is able to intensely pierce human retinas’ photoreceptors. So, when the human brain senses blue light from a smartphone, it “sees” it as sunlight, and then “thinks” it’s daytime.
  5. Prevent using your smartphone while you are driving, working on something or being with your family or friends. Just enjoy the music, being with people or focus to get things done quickly.
  6. Spend 10 minutes doing nothing — on purpose. Sit still, be quiet, listen to the sounds, feel your breath, experience the sensations in your body.
  7. Make this moment matter, right now. Three times today, stop what you are doing and fully be where you are, sense your direct experience, allow things to be exactly as they are. Feel your own presence.

Benefits from put your phone down:

Unplugging will help clear your mind and focus on what is necessary and of priority like family, relationships, or your career.

Shutting off your phone before bedtime will enable you to get a good night sleep and all the benefits that comes with it: Better Physical Health, better learning, problem-solving skills, creativity and even better weight control.

Disconnecting from technology allows you to live more freely without pressure to impress and appreciate the simple things in your life and who you are, improving your personality.

CAN WE BE HUMAN IN THE DIGITAL AGE?

Life is changing too fast, due to the great presence that ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) have gained, with young people being the most affected by this sudden change.

The arrival of the so-called Digital Age has caused a transformation or evolution in our way of communicating, of relating to friends and people from our environment, whether near or far, our way of accessing information has changed, generating new ways of looking for a connection with the world around us.

Young people have taken the Internet as their natural way of communicating with the world, Is the human being directed towards the exclusive use of the Internet as a means of interrelation? If so, the human being is on the way to losing his abilities to interact with his peers.

Technology is a tool that we can use either to de-humanise or to re-humanise. The digital revolution gives us an opportunity to reconsider what it means to be a human-being, and then to leverage technology as we work to make that vision a reality.

Digital Detox Getaways


There are reasons to take a digital detox holidays, for instance If your first words when checking into a hotel are ‘Can you tell me the Wi-Fi password, please?’ or you cannot stop watching your screen then it is time to unplug! Without our phones we’re also forced to spend time with ourselves and loved ones, and holidays are a good opportunity to start on. Plus, banishing technology while being outside of the daily grind opens a window of opportunity for your brain to adopt new habits and rework your relationship with your gadgets.

Your family will thank you and you will have health benefits such as decrease anxiety, reduce stress or to have better sleep.

A tech-vacation could good for your kids, too. Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed the more time young adults spent on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed.

There are some hotels which offers digital retreats, here you will find some of them:

Hotel Sancti Petri Spa Resort Barceló (Chiclana, Cádiz) Guest leaves at reception any digital device and undergoes a detox program.

Vincci Selección Estrella de Mar (Marbella) y Vincci Selección Rumaykiyya en Sierra Nevada (Granada)

The James New York – NoMad Offers Guests a Discount to Ditch Their Tech. The hotel has its Digital Detox package, a promotion designed to give guests a much-needed break from technology. As Travel Pulse reports, under the terms of the package, guests agree to yield their technological devices upon check-in—phones, tablets, laptops, etc. At that point, guests are checked into a technology-free guest room, one with no phone, alarm clock or TV. In other words—a true break from technology. In exchange for this technology fast, the hotel discounts the bill by 10 percent for every night guests can manage without their devices.

Also, there restaurants which give some discounts to diners who ditch their devices at the door. At Sushi Lounge in Hoboken, New Jersey, management decided to start a “Reconnect Tuesday” offering a 20% off discount to those who put their phone in a box at the table and don’t pick it up until the check comes. Similarly, the staff at Lebro’s, an Italian restaurant near Buffalo in Getzville, New York, give 10% off every Sunday to people who put their phones in the bread basket a waiter or waitress covers with a napkin until the end of the meal.