I Found De-Stressing, Tech-Free Activities I Loved
Since I had obviously alerted my closest friends and family to my game plan, they knew I'd be off on my own, unavailable to take their calls — and also that I might need something to pass the time. A dear friend sent me a "Game of Thrones" adult coloring book, and honestly, it was one of the most therapeutic activities. I still love that thing.
Aside from the coloring, I bought a jigsaw puzzle, did some meditation, went to the beach and read paper books for hours at a time, journaled, cooked, went on walks, went to Pilates without tracking it on my Apple Watch (the HORROR!), spent time with family and friends face to face . . . and it was glorious.
This all reminded me of the discrepancy between how much time I spend on my phone or computer versus doing these other emotionally and spiritually nourishing activities. This isn't to say that phone time is inherently bad, just that the balance was off. I was so happy to restore that balance.