The Introvert's Guide To Digital Detox In 10 Tech-Free Steps

The Introvert's Guide To Digital Detox In 10 Tech-Free Steps

An introvert without internet is serious business.
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The world revolves on its axis at a speed of about 1,000 miles per hour. Although we move with the Earth and do not notice its rotation, that doesn't stop us from feeling how fast others move around us.

Technology helps us in many ways but we all could use a break from the busy monotony. For some, however, their comfort zone is larger than most. If you're an introvert like me, here are some ways you can thrive on your tech-free digital detox.

1. Visit familiar places.

No one said you had to get out of your comfort zone completely. Just make a larger circle of sights and sounds you find inviting. The city has too many crowds and you just want to get away? Try a cozy bookstore or coffee shop to readjust. The location will help you find what to do.

2. Spend time with friends and family.

Tag along with someone you know and who's willing to put down the phone for the rest of the day. A lot more can be said in person anyway. You might even know each other better. Familiar faces make reconnecting easier, but they also teach you how to be more open with others.

3. Read, write, and reflect.

Reading and writing are perfect ways to get rid of your worries and frustrations. They help you explore and learn from those same feelings, teaching you how to cope with the things that make you tick. It's the best kind of "me time."

4. Walk it out.

A digital detox doesn't have to be expensive to enjoy the tech-free experience. Now that you've been to those familiar places, try warming up to some uncharted territory. Be your own tour guide for the day. Wherever you go, there's always something new to take in.

5. People watch.

Reconnecting with others without technology is the goal, but understanding people through their actions is just as telling. You want to understand how people think and sometimes their actions show what's on their mind. Fill in the blanks, maybe you can see their story unfold.

6. Write a letter.

Beats an email that will inevitably be deleted. You put your thoughts for someone else onto a page that they can hold, read, and reread any time they want. Nothing shows you care or is more sentimental than snail mail. Enclose a stamp too so that they can write you back!

7. Stay at home.

Have the day to yourself and recharge. Sleep-in, get organized, order take out, or better yet, learn and cook a recipe. Just make sure to unplug and turn off the TV, computer, and phone (or only use the phone for calls) so you're not tempted. There's no place like home sweet home.

8. Exercise or do yoga.

Your body isn't thanking you for sitting down and staring into a screen for hours at a time. Even the most menial tasks like gardening or mowing the lawn are rewarding. Be kind to your body and move it!

9. Drive.

Cars are outfitted with so many bells and whistles, you can't tell them apart. Like walking, driving can help your mind wander but more importantly focus. Disconnect the phone, turn off the radio, and put the aux cord away. Where we're going, we don't need technology.

10. Ask (or wait to be asked) questions.

Without voice activated assistants or search engines, knowing where to go and how to get there can be no small task. Sometimes you're in a store, just hoping someone will ask you if need help first before you have to ask for it yourself. Other times, you find an ounce of courage and get what you were looking for. Just remember the acronym ASK: always seek knowledge.


Digital detox makes you a more rounded individual than social media ever could. To learn more about how you can be tech-free and reconnect, click here to visit the Digital Detox movement website.

Cover Image Credit: Christopher Burns

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Why Cheerleading Is Definitely Not A Sport

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1. Tumbling is effortless.

Tumbling is honestly so easy that you could do it in your sleep. It clearly doesn't take years and years of practice.

2. Stunting is not a skill.

Yeah, stunting takes zero talent whatsoever. I'm sure these cheerleaders don't spend hours every single day working on their flexibility.

3. Injuries never happen in cheerleading.

Because cheerleading is so easy, you really don't have to worry about potentially getting concussions, breaking bones, or even becoming paralyzed.

4. Cheerleaders aren't athletes.

Cheerleaders have no reason to be strong, fast, or flexible at all. You simply go out on the field, smile, and twirl around.

5. There are no male cheerleaders, and it's only for females.

Men aren't able to tumble, stunt, or jump. Having them on a cheerleading team would be nonsense.

6. Cheerleading doesn't create a sense of teamwork or bonding.

I mean, these people aren't actually best friends. It's not like they save each other's lives every time they toss someone up 15 feet into the air.

Based on these very true facts listed above, you really can't call cheerleading a sport. It just doesn't take as much hard work, patience, determination and teamwork as all of the real sports out there in the world. When will those crazy cheerleaders learn?

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Stereotypes Of All The Zodiac Signs That Are Actually Kinda True

Common stereotypes that go along with being a particular sign.

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Here are common personality traits and stereotypes that go along with being a particular sign.

Aries: The Ram

This sign is known for being impatient and impulsive, living life in a fast, upbeat manner. This often leads to some decisions they make, not being the best and hurting someone is hurt in the process. They are often the first to get things started in situations that they are comfortable in, but sometimes need a little extra push to try things out of their normal comfort zones.

Taurus: The Bull

Often known for being hot-headed and very stubborn. Being that Taurus's are very headstrong and outgoing they are symbolized as being "the bull." Taurus's can function at two speeds, being headstrong and focused on accomplishing something or being at peace with doing things more slowly. But when faced with opposition they are often categorized as being "mean" or aggressive, based on the way they choose to handle situations.

Gemini: The Twins

Being a Gemini myself, I am well aware of the bad reputation that we hold. Being "two-faced" is what Geminis are most notorious for being. Having two very distinct personalities, that vary depending on person to person, time, or our moods, are what give us a bad reputation. Geminis are often categorized as being very talkative, and function at a very fast pace, which explains why the mood and interests of most Geminis can differ from day to day.

Cancer: The Crab

Often known for being emotional and caring towards the one that is closest to them. They value the people that they love and that are important in their lives. They can sometimes be overly sensitive and take things very personally. With being overly emotional and valuing the people closest to them in their lives, they enjoy a night in, over a night out, any day. Not big fans of being in overly crowded places.

Leo: The Lion

Leos love to be the center of attention and thrive off of the love, affection and attention of others. They are extremely loyal people and are often thought as being "warm" to the people around them. They love being the center of attention and have a strong sense of pride in them.

Virgo: The Virgin

Virgos are thought of as being perfectionists and are very detail oriented people. The thought of things being out of order in any aspect, stresses them out. They can also be described as analytical, dedicated and honest people. Leos are apart of the signs that are very giving and enjoy helping the people around them.

Libra: The Scales

Libras are very laid back and often have the reputation of not committing to things well. With their peaceful nature, they often find themselves not being able to say no, due to the desire they have to keep the peace and please others. They live their life with a very "go with the flow" attitude.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Scorpios are a very intense sign and feel things very strongly. They are often passionate, territorial and jealous, but they are known for being the signs that you will have around for a lifetime. They have a strong desire to acquire a relationship that has strong intimacy and although they are territorial they often do not hesitate to cut those that do not benefit them, out of their lives.

Sagittarius: The Archer

Often categorized as a free spirit, that leads them to be the type to around and never stay in one place. They are often very optimistic and like to try new things, whether it comes to friends, hobbies or projects, they never stick to just one thing. They openly embrace change and are very extroverted in the way they portray themselves to others. They are known as being a "traveler" sign, being that they don't like being in one situation for too long. They can also be a very honest sign, that is not afraid to tell it how it is.

Capricorn: The Goat

This sign is one of the most determined signs, that do not let anything get in their way. They can be referred to as ruthfully ambitious and will go to any length to get to the top. They have a very serious nature to them, and they have a strong desire to be successful, no matter the cost.

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

Aquarius's are one of the more difficult signs, that often struggle with being detached from situations and are often distant. They prefer to have casual connections so they can remove themselves from relationships at their leisure. This causes them to be unreliable and usually thought of as being independent. They are not one to follow the crowd and like to take the road less traveled, rather than follow in the footsteps of others.

Pisces: The Fish

This sign is one of the healing signs, being that they are very compassionate and selfless beings. They are symbolized as "the fish" because they are often found trying to escape due to their tendency to feel emotions very strongly. Being that they are the "healing sign" they are affected by others energy tremendously, and sometimes they get caught up in their desire to be there for others.

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