If there’s one thing I’m guilty of, it is not turning my phone off. I can’t seem to resist the urge to check Instagram or my Whatsapp one last time before going to bed. That’s… kind of a problem when you think about the amount of blog posts there are that preach “No Screen Time” as the prerequisite to practically any kind of mindful time in the evening.
This isn’t to say that those posts are wrong. In fact, they are probably more than right. I notice a distinct difference in the evenings when I’m on my phone versus when I’m not. Anxiety? Mild twitchiness? Difficulty sleeping? Yes to all of these things.
Here’s the problem: None of these things will stop me, and for a lot of us younger folk, I imagine it won’t stop you either. Rather than rolling my eyes at these posts, I decided to come up with four ways that you can be mindful in the evenings that don’t rely upon switching off your phone.
Read a Book
You can have your phone nearby, but that’s not to stop you getting fully invested in an exciting new book that might even distract you from any new messages or pings from your cellular device. Last night, I read through at least four chapters of the newest Harry Dresden series without even noticing my phone was nearby. Just in case that wasn’t obvious – that is a huge accomplishment.
Take a Bath
Staying mindful can sometimes mean knowing that you need a bit of a break from everyday life and stress. While you might not have a good book at hand, you always have the ability to take a deep breath in a nice warm tub of water and sink away into sweet relaxation. So what if your phone is nearby?
Curl up and watch an episode of your favorite TV show
That’s right, you heard me. There’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to catch up on your television program. In fact, it might be exactly what you need. We all have different ways of destressing and if jumping into the world of Gossip Girl or Game of Thrones does it for you – then by all means, go ahead.
Last but not least… actually sleep
There are a thousand ways you can spend your time when you’re at home. You can be socializing, getting in much needed alone time, and doing any of the activities I mentioned above. But the best way you can be mindful and attentive to your body is by giving it what it needs – sleep.
How do you stay mindful in the evenings, yogi? Do any of you actually manage to turn off your phones? If so, give me your tips! I am dying of addiction here!