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In an age where our devices seem to consume us, we often forget how to live in the present. On average, Canadians spend about three hours daily on their smartphones/tablets, which amounts to nearly 24 hours a week. Not only are we wasting time on our devices, but our mood, energy, and daily experiences dwindle too.

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What happens when you’re on your phone too often:

  • Increased levels of stress.
  • Feeling overloaded with work when at home.
  • Frustration; when in reality, you’re relaxing.

Thinking of putting the phone down?

Here’s what you can to do to improve your overall health and the relationships in your life:

Start Gardening

On average, people spend over a $1,000 on their phone in a year. In Canada, that could get you an acre of land, which costs about $950. Now, we’re not saying you should build a farm, but consider trying gardening or simply plant a tree.

Gardening and plants also leave a long-lasting legacy that will continue to benefit yourself and your community. This activity relieves stress, improves self-esteem, adds value to your home, reduces greenhouse gases and positively impacts future generations and environment. 

Read books

The average person can read 280 words per minute. Instead, of spending 24 hours on your phone each week, you could read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbirdand The Handmaid’s Tale. And that’s just in one week. Imagine what iconic novels you could finish in a year.

Become a musician

The highest smartphone usage rates are among teenagers and people in their twenties. This is the perfect time to become proficient at playing a musical instrument. Studies suggest people in this demographic will burn through 10,000 hours on their phone in a decade, so why not help or put that time towards forming the next musical master.


Nurture Your Children

A recent study found children between seven months and 24 months old were more likely to be in distress and less liking to investigate their surroundings when their parents were on their mobile devices. Other studies found that many other development issues like attention. Secure attachment begins when a child takes visual cues of attachment from their parents’ gaze. By simply looking at your children, you’re investing in their future.

When are you going to put your phone down?




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