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6 Ways to Help You Unplug and Recharge to Relieve Holiday Stress

The holidays are upon us here in the metro area and, if you’re anything like me, you likely need to find some ways to releive stress during the busy next couple of weeks (especially while the kids are out of school). Burton Kelso, our resident tech expert here at iFamilyKC, has some great ideas to help you unplug during the holidays and get in some much needed holiday stress relief. Wondering if it’s all about popping in some relaxation music and calling it a day?! Think again, Burton’s out of the box ideas will help you get through the holiday season. Take a look…

6 Ways to Help You Unplug and Recharge to Relieve Holiday Stress

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Let’s face it, we all love our smart devices and most of you probably can’t imagine a minute without them. I’m even guilty of it, but we all need to unplug sometimes and take a break from technology especially during the Holidays.  It’s important to capture those special moments, but you don’t have to post every photo on every social media site to show how your Holiday was. This Holiday, focus on putting your phones down and interacting with the people around you. Need help? Here are 6 ways you can unplug and recharge this Holiday Season.

#1 No Devices at Mealtime

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Designate all mealtimes as periods where devices are put away and face-to-face conversation can be had. That’s how our grandparents used to do it! For added ambiance, play some relaxing music at mealtimes to help fill in the gaps in conversation.

#2 Discuss and Write Down Goals

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Let your kids be apart of setting the goals and sharing their input. Schedule (limited) time that both the kids and parents can use technology.

#3 Stick to Your Guns

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Like every good goal, it needs to be enforced. Parents, let your kids know you are serious and set tech time limits. Your kids can help keep you in line as well.

#4 Use Technology Together

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If you must have access to the Internet and use technology, use it together. Look for games and activities on apps that everyone can play together.

#5 Don’t Check It If There Isn’t a Notification 

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Kids watch and learn from their parents. If you are constantly checking your phone, your kids will too. Think before you check; use downtime to improve family time rather than your relationship with friends and coworkers. You’ll be surprised to discover how leaving your phone at home can help you with your holiday stress relief goals this year.

#6 Go Old-Fashioned Style

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Challenge each other to have fun offline. Play versions of your favorite games that don’t require technology. Get creative! Do you plan to reduce or eliminate your technology use this Holiday Season?

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

 

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