According to a recent survey, Americans really love their cell phones. Of the 2,500 survey participants, 77 percent said they would feel more stressed out about losing their cell phone than losing their wedding ring.
Recently, I took a short vacation to Mexico. I didn’t want to pay the international mobile fees, so I left my cell phone off and locked in the hotel safe the entire trip. Boy, was that a wonderful feeling! My wedding ring, however, I had on my finger the entire time.
I understand the need to have a cell phone handy if you are in an unfamiliar area and need directions or assistance, but when travelling on vacation why is there a need to always “feel connected”? With so many things going on in our daily lives, it is liberating to turn off the cell phone for a few days and just focus on relaxing, as well as being entirely present when spending time with those around you.
For those who are currently going through cancer treatment, or have watched a loved one fight that important fight against cancer, you know that there are a lot more important things in life than seeing what your friends are Tweeting about at 3 in the afternoon. Enjoying the bells and whistles on your cell phone is certainly a fun way to pass time, but let’s not let it take over our lives!
When you go out to dinner with friends, how often does someone at the table pull out a cell phone and start checking their email or playing Words With Friends? I’m not going to lie; there are times when that person has been me!
If you’re planning a vacation soon, or just would like to clear your mind and truly relax for a few hours, try putting your cell phone in another room. Or, see if you can spend a whole week only using your phone for its original purpose: calling someone. With texting and email, it’s rare that our phones are ever even used for such a thing.
Downtime and relaxation is important for everyone, and even more so if you are currently going through cancer treatment or recovery. Being plugged can make you feel safe and secure, but so can a great in-person conversation with a loved one.