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9 Ways to Disconnect From Your Phone in New Jersey

by Stephanie Brown
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With the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, sometimes it’s a good option to pause and take a step back. A way would be to unplug and disconnect from your phone. Anyone who wants to spend less time doomscrolling might need some inspiration for how to actually disconnect. From taking a yoga class to going on a hike, there are many ways to disconnect from the outside world. Keep reading for a list of ways to disconnect in Northern New Jersey.

Eat at a New Restaurant Without a Phone

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It might sound silly, but something as simple as going out to a meal sans phone can help with disconnecting. Everyone enjoys posting about a new restaurant on social media (the MG team included) but every now and then it’s great to put the phone away and focus on the experience. Boschetto in Montclair + Tinjune Downtown in Newark are two spots to enjoy a meal without checking texts.

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Meditating is a popular way to disconnect. Asana Soul Practice, Body + Brain Yoga Tai Chi, Harmony Meditation, Lyndhurst Meditation, and Yoga Mechanics all have meditation classes in North Jersey where participants practice different breathing and mindfulness strategies. Many of the classes are in person but there are a few virtual options for people who want to practice meditation at home.

Plan a Picnic

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Plan a picnic as the weather warms up to disconnect al fresco. Parks across North Jersey have plenty of space to spread out a blanket, build a cheese + charcuterie board, and relax. Some parks, like Liberty State Park, Eagle Rock Reservation, Van Saun County Park, and Darlington County Park even allow grilling.

Practice Yoga

Yoga is an activity that promotes mindfulness and balance. First-time yogis might need a few sessions to find the type of yoga they enjoy but luckily there are plenty of yoga studios in North Jersey to try out. Yoga Renew, Asana Soul Practice, Juniper Yoga + Fitness, + Blackbird Yoga Studio are a few of the options in North Jersey to consider.




A good book can quickly transport the reader to a new world. Audio and e-books are great alternatives to scrolling and public libraries throughout North Jersey have tons of downloadable titles. There are also a few independent bookstores in the area for anyone who prefers a physical book like Little City Books, Symposia Community Bookstore, WORD, Watchung Booksellers, and Bookends.

Relax at a Spa

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There is almost nothing more relaxing than a spa day. Anyone who needs some R+R in addition to time away from their phones will feel refreshed after a massage, facial, or hot tub soak. SoJo Day Spa, The Spas at Crystal Springs Resort, and The Woodhouse Day Spa are just some of the spas in North Jersey where guests can unwind.

Take a Hike

Spending time in nature is one of the best ways to disconnect. North Jersey is home to some incredible hiking trails and parks like South Mountain Reservation, Wawayanda State Park, Giant Stairs Palisades, + Buttermilk Falls Trail. Hiking is a great opportunity to put your phone away, forget about work responsibilities, + focus on the beautiful scenery.

Try a New Hobby

Learning something new can help your brain disconnect from work + life stressors. Take a guitar lesson at Guitar Bar, join a crafting group like The Neon Tea Party, go climbing at the Randolph Climbing Center, or take a cooking class with Passion for Spices. There are plenty of unique ways to disconnect from the day-to-day and think about something else.

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Visit a Botanic Garden

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The Garden State has some incredible gardens to explore like the New Jersey Botanical Garden, Van Vleck House + Gardens, Leonard J Buck Garden, + Presby Iris Gardens. Wander, pack a picnic, bring a book, or simply soak up the fresh air + flowers. These gardens sometimes host events so keep an eye on the calendars for workshops or lectures to attend.

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