Since becoming a member of the royal family, Meghan Markle is never seen holding her phone. There are plenty of good reasons for this change. And even though you’re not a royal like Meghan, you may want to take up this royal habit. Going phone-free from time to time can benefit you and your relationships. Here’s how.

Meghan Markle is a working woman

Meghan Markle isn’t just the wife of Prince Harry. She’s the Duchess of Sussex, and as such, she represents the British monarchy. When she and Prince Harry are out and about – most recently on their royal tour to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand – she was’t just touring the land down under.

She was working, and it would be unprofessional of her to be seen using her phone “on the job.” This applies to the rest of the royal family, or as they like to call themselves, “The Firm.”

But maintaining a professional appearance is only one of the reasons why Meghan is usually seen sans phone.

This royal habit helps improve personal interactions

Why should you consider going without your phone – at least some of the time? 

Even though technology, phones, and social media are socially-driven, they’re actually pretty disruptive when we’re engaging with people IRL.

Instead of paying attention to who we’re with, we’re distracted by our phones. Our interactions with other people are continually being interrupted by the phone – yes, even the mere presence of a phone can be distracting. 

What’s worse, choosing phone engagement over personal interaction can come off as rejection of the person you’re with. And who wants to feel rejected when you’re spending time with someone else? 

No one, right?

So, the next time you spend time with other people, keep your phone in you handbag or pocket, and just be present with whoever you’re with. Your phone will be there for you when you’re done. 

Since social media can change the appearance of just about everything, there can definitely be a letdown when we see well-known locations IRL. It just doesn’t look the same and it can feel disappointing. In fact, in the world of social media, any type of comparison, for better or for worse, is linked to depressive symptoms.

However, there are ways to make the present moment just as colorful as any Instagram feed.

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