Let’s face it, our cell phones are an extension of our bodies. So, when my husband brought home a lockbox to cut down on our screen time, I was less than amused. But after coming face to face with my phone addiction, I’m here to tell you that a lockbox may be the best thing to happen to you and your family’s relationship.

My husband, Ross, is participating in a workshop with his company that is all about maximizing your growth and potential, and one of the areas they are tackling is the idea of “unplugging.” Scrolling through Instagram and answering emails seems harmless, but your brain deserves a break.

The host of the workshop gifted Ross a lockbox, big enough to fit a few phones.

“It will allow us to be present with each other during dinner or just hanging out,” he said.

That’s all well and good until you realize how addicted you are to the little computer that is constantly in your hand.

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Last night was our first attempt at locking our phones. Ross set the lockbox for 20 minutes, and about five minutes in, I found myself reaching for a phantom phone on the table in front of me.

My to-do list was running through my head at a rapid pace.

I have emails to send, people to respond to, and pictures to post.

But after a few more minutes went by, I noticed a change in our dinner conversation.

There was more eye contact. I was more engaged, and I was more present. It was only 20 minutes, but it was just enough time to realize the impact that technology can have on a relationship.

I had my doubts about implementing this habit in our home, but I think this small act of unplugging for a while to be fully present will only make my relationship with my husband stronger.

Give it a try for yourself. You’ll be surprised at the sense of calmness it can bring you.

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