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Smartphone Detox Activities: 15 Activities You Need To Try

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Last week, we discussed how we need to detox from our smartphones and some guidelines on how to do that. In this post, I’m sharing some smartphone detox activities with you, because I know it isn’t easy to unplug.

To be honest, I thought detoxing from my smartphone would be simple, but goodness I was wrong!

My biggest struggle has been with keeping my phone by me at night. Being used to the comfort of having my phone with me at all times, makes it difficult to want to leave it in a different room.

I am making it a point to move my phone this week, because I am trying out a new morning routine. I need the space to make sure I actually get up on time.

In having more discipline with this detox, we need some time fillers! I got to thinking about different activities we could do that do not include our smartphones.

Below is a list of activities we can all do without our smartphones. Surely with these, and maybe some other ideas you have, we can successfully work through this detox!

While many think a smartphone detox may be easy, it isn't. However, with using these smartphone detox activities, it can be! Whether you use only a few or all of these activities, I promise your detox will go smoother.

Smartphone Detox Activities

Some of these activities may be things you already do, but make it a point to do it without your smartphone.

  • Go for a walk
  • Work in a garden [flowers or veggies]
  • Exercise
  • Read a book [already have 2 picked out for this detox]
  • Go fishing or hunting [whichever is in season for you]
  • Have lunch with a friend [remember to leave the phone in the vehicle!]
  • Draw / Be creative / Create something
  • Pamper yourself
  • Journal / Meditate
  • Go to the park / Picnic
  • Declutter or tidy a space [You did not think I could leave this out, did you?]
  • Yard work [mowing the yard, raking leaves, plant a tree, etc.]
  • Crochet or knit something
  • Cook a fancy meal
  • Watch a movie with your significant other

So which of these will you try to do without your smartphone? Are there any activities you like to do that are not on this list? Let me know below in the comments!

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    May 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Yard work and tending to my flower gardens is my favorite outdoor activity in spring and summer. It always helps me put the phone down and put my energy towards something good! Plus the kids like “helping” lol

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      May 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Yes! Working in the garden is a great way to put your phone away and enjoy time with your “helping” children! hehe!

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    May 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Your list makes me want to hide my phone in a drawer and get out there and live life! If we can just change our mindsets to believe we really will survive without our smartphones basically being glued to our hands, we will discover there is so much more to life! <3

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      May 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Do it, Kathryn! Hide your phone and discover something new! There are so many great things to do without a smartphone, and I know we all will enjoy things more without them!

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    Lillian Ortiz
    May 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I love washing my car by hand to detox from my phone checking compulsion. I get to be outdoors, get some good sun, and I always feel so accomplished and thankful for my car when it is all said and done! Thanks for these detox ideas!


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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      May 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      That is a great way to get away from your phone! I do not hand wash my car often enough. Time to get outside! Thank you for sharing, Lillian!

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