• James Evangelista

Disconnect, Be Present



It feels great to experience the beauty of nature. The experience itself reminds you that it’s okay to take a break from social media. It lets you appreciate the simplicity and beauty of nature. Why am I saying this? Well, I just got back from a short vacation. The place I stayed at has low signal coverage and no Wi-Fi.


I could have purchased some data packages to keep myself up-to-date with social media but I didn’t. I told myself to use this opportunity to refresh my mind and stop the habit loop of checking my phone first thing in the morning. This simple decision of mine allowed me to be more present. I did my morning routines without distractions.


At first, I felt uneasy and irritated of checking my phone now and then. However, I became more aware of my actions. Sometimes we are unaware of our own habits. You definitely experienced some of these actions and choices too. Being present allows you to take a step back and be an observer of your actions. This may sound easy, but it is difficult. Our habits are hard-wired into our brains. A simple way to “reprogram” your brain is to live in the present.


Keep in mind: It’s okay to disconnect in our digital world. You don’t have to be updated with everything. More often, the stuff we see on social media doesn’t really benefit us. Most of these are just drama, attention seekers, click baits and noise to waste your time.


Living in the present allows you to take back your precious time. Take a day or two to disconnect and be present.


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