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What are some of your favorite ways to "switch off"?

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Reflective_Joy
Sometimes we can find social media overwhelming. Our friends are sending us text messages, Kik, while simultaneously we are receiving Facebook chat requests and snap chats. Sometimes not all those messages are positive. An argument with a friend or even several, can last long after we've left school for the day. We may also be in a heated discussion, be it positive or negative with some of our twitter followers.It can be at best, extremely exhausting to keep up with it all.

So what are some of the ways that you find helpful to switch off for a while? Do you go for a run? Shoot a few hoops in the driveway? Blast some music while flipping through your favorite magazine?

What do you think could be helpful for others that may find it difficult to switch off from all that noise?
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CybersmileHQ
Great topic! We can't wait to hear how you guys like to relax and take a break from online negativity :)
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Wanesite
I don't use many social medias. Only Facebook and Instagram. These sites are with my real identity. Facebook and Viber are my chat apps, and I don't use them very often. Otherwise I'm not showing real identity on YouTube and in MMO games I play. The best way to switch off internet for me is traveling. Relaxing is the best!
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Reflective_Joy
Traveling & relaxing is a great way to switch off! What kind of traveling has helped you take a break from the internet? Day travels or visiting a new country or city?

For me sometimes taking a ferry boat over to this island near where I live, is super relaxing and a great day trip. It gives me a break from the city and It's as if I'm in the countryside. Very peaceful. I still find it hard though, to switch off my phone. But I have found a good book helps with that!
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Wanesite

In reply to *Reflective_Joy*

Traveling by leaving the country, because my country hasn't got seaside shore. Oh I didn't mention books. Yeah books are best way to switch off.
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Petula
I love to read and chill away from all the buzz of the internet. Its like that feeling of relaxation you get when you turn the TV off, instant relief. I switch off my phone and really enjoy my own time and space.
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Jazz
I learn loads of stuff on YouTube, like different ways of playing guitar and thats how i relax and get something positive out of the internet. Sometimes it feels like your a slave to all the messaging and stuff that you fell obliged to read and reply to so why not get something back that makes you feel good. You can learn almost anything, cooking, music, portrait drawing, creative writing, dance moves………..etc, etc. It's not all about pleasing others you know!!
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Frank
My best way to "switch off" is to do exactly that, switch off. We all need to do this once in a while just to relax and feel human again. I like to go into the garden and just potter about doing a bit of weeding and clipping my tomato plants. I recommend switch off and get a bit of nature!!
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Reflective_Joy
These are some great suggestions!

Wanesite- I totally agree leaving the country is great! I usually bring books with me when I do!

Petula- I agree. I like how you put that, "Instant relief". I honestly feel overstimulated, as if my brain is literally buzzing. The act of turning things off and embracing silence can do a world of good.

Jazz- That is a pretty awesome idea. If you can't switch off completely, then use the internet to learn something new that's interactive. I have been meaning to use Youtube for workouts and dancing. I have done that before and enjoyed it immensely. I agree we can be a slave to messaging. The need to respond right away. I have almost bumped into people in the street after they've stopped mid walking to answer a text or tweet. I think collective self control is needed for our own well-being. It's definitely possible.

Frank- That's exactly what I've been doing! Enjoying the garden and nature. Couldn't agree more how fantastic and grounding that can be for our own mental health. I wish I had my own garden to potter around. But I enjoy what's around me. I try and apply mindfulness when I do. I find it hard sometimes and need to try and leave my phone behind. I hope your tomatoes are doing well!
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JoDragon
This is a brill topic! Really interesting to see the different ways people do switch off, and goes to show how we're all different too with interests. I like to play Euro Truck Simulator lol. Loads of people says it looks boring but it's a chill game! Lol
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GamerGirl
I don't get much downtime from the computer so pretty much always active in the brain department! I do enjoy walking my dog, I find it very therapeutic watching him explore the world. I particularly like it when he stops and watches a bird fly and then accepts that he can't fly so gets back on with being a dog! Far funnier to see in person i might add!
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Lenka
Have a nice day, I only use twitter, it's nice to chat with friends, but we must not forget that we are living a real life. Internet we can not have much influence, I prefer to turn off and I relax outdoors in nature, or read an interesting book. Also the theater is a welcome change in daily rush...
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heidilynnrussell
My "switching off" time is at yoga class, and when I'm too busy to make it, I stretch regularly and take my dog for walks in the neighborhood. You'll find that a quick 10-minute walk clears the head, and the walking itself helps you feel better if you're sad about something.
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to heidilynnrussell

Agree walking is great! Though I myself tend to daydream when I do. So sometimes I try to bring my thoughts back to the present. Hearing and seeing nature around me. I also try not to check my phone when doing so. It can be hard to switch off but it's definitely possible!

I have been meaning to start up yoga. I'm glad you mentioned it! It's a fantastic way to reconnect with our bodies and the space. around us.
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heidilynnrussell

In reply to *Reflective_Joy*

Yoga is tremendous for all ages. I highly recommend it, and if you feel self-conscious about going to a studio or gym and trying the poses in front of other people, there are many DVDs out there. Try it at home for a couple of months to build up your comfort level with it, and then go to class.

A lot of people are turned off by yoga, because they get concerned about what other people will think about them and their ability or lack of ability to do certain poses in the class. But you'll find that if you just use the time to concentrate on the exercise itself, and you don't look around at other people, it will really clear your mind and help you feel less stress. We all are at different "levels," and no one is judging you. But like all things in life, we tend to focus on what others think of us.

Just remember that whatever method you choose to de-stress, make that part of your routine as much as possible. It will balance out any negativity that could weigh you down.

If you ever need DVD recommendations for yoga exercises, let me know! :-)
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to heidilynnrussell

Thanks HEIDI! So true. I know for me I would much rather try it alone at home first to build up my stamina and technique. But you're right, there probably isn't judgement from others when attending a class. In fact, it's probably better to get out there then stay at home and be tempted to check our phones or email in between downward dog!

I do like your DVD idea. I think anything that can help combat stress and give us much needed space from over stimulation, is a great idea!
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heidilynnrussell

In reply to *Reflective_Joy*

I probably am not allowed to "advertise" for certain DVDs on this site, but if you do a search on Amazon for the phrase, "power yoga," you will find a lot of good ones.
DVDs are no substitution for a real instructor. That said, you can still get a good workout, and as I said earlier, it takes away the self-conscious aspect of doing yoga for the very first time as a beginner. Most people who are newbies find themselves getting tickled or get so frustrated or self-conscious that they leave before the class even ends. So if you do decide to try it as a new way to de-stress, I really do recommend DVDs. You can learn the poses in privacy if you think self-confidence is an issue.
Even when people are practiced "yogis," they can still get distracted by others in the studio and compare themselves to others, and that isn't fun at all. So one way I deal with that is to keep my eyes closed and go through the poses by the sound of the instructor's voice. But I have been doing this a while, and I easily kick into the concentration necessary to pull it off.
All that said, whatever way you decide to "unplug," try to make a habit of it. Don't let it be something you try and drop. When we routinely unplug from online activity, we regain perspective and feel more grounded the next time we feel "put upon" by others or even cyberbullied.
Didn't mean to get on such a jag about yoga, but for me personally, it has been an invaluable tool in my arsenal to de-stress. :-)
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Reflective_Joy
I thought I would resurrect this discussion. Especially as people are making New Year Resolutions. So what are some of the ways you're hoping to switch off and take a break from the digital world in 2016? Maybe it's just for ten minutes a day, a dance class you've joined or you've committed to reading a bunch of new books this year. Share your ideas below!
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Wanesite
This year, my best way to switch off will be the sport I started to train. No wi-fi there, much better. I also throw away the negative energy through shouting while making the techniques. Let's hope that I'll start again very soon, we're on a break. The sport is karate.
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Wanesite

WANESITE- That's great! Not only does it pull you away from the digital world for a short break, but it's a healthy way to stay fit. Awesome! I hope it goes well. ;-)
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Aileen
Hi!
It's nice to read what diverse and/or not so diverse (from mine) things you all do to "switch off".
The easy answer for me is reading, drawing and drinking a good cup of tea. I enjoy cooking but even more so, baking, really makes me "switch off" everything and makes me focus on what I'm making.
Those of you who've read my profile already know I dance three times a week (6 hours/week). And dancing ballet really makes you focus on keeping your stamina for the technical aspect - to dance- an amazing way to "switch off" I may ad.
Now, if I use technology to "switch off" it's to watch a really good movie or bingeing (it's that how it's spelled) a series. But as HEIDILYNNRUSSELL wrote, this is not the site to advertise stuff, however I will say that as far as tv programs go anything with Sir David Attenborough is definitely a must for me!
And lastly I will say that I start my day with 20-30 minutes yoga and that really is a good way to start the day well centered.

As always, stay amazing!
~Aileen
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to *Aileen*

AILEEN- Those are excellent ways of switching off! I love the idea of baking and ballet. Both require concentration and focus. So does Yoga for the matter, even more so! Those are excellent ways of taking a break from technology and social media.

It's okay to make suggestions on here, We just can't post direct links to any suggestions made. So please keep them coming!
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Reflective_Joy
I thought I would revive this thread. I know I need reminders to switch off sometimes!

For any newbies to the site or any regular Cybersmilers, what are some activities that you enjoy that allow you to take a much needed break from tech?

My latest activity has been reading more and playing soothing music in the background. I have also began meditating more.

Add your favorite activity below!
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bbear
Nothing, but absolutely nothing, beats going for a walk in the Spring sunshine, when we get some. Except getting big gummy smile off my 3 month old Great-niece. It wasn't a cybersmile. but it was worth waiting for.