The constant pursuit of connectivity is causing our brains to lose mental focus. Raise your hand if you’ve experienced this feeling.

The good news is that experts have plenty of recommendations to help the brain rest and renew. Here are tips for how to do just that from Marcel Schwantes for Inc.

  1. Treasure your downtime

Downtime means calming your brain down with activities that can take as little as 5 to 10 minutes. Try these:

  • Practice mindful meditation.
  • Listen to music
  • Look at artwork.
  • Watch a YouTube clip of your favorite comedian to make you laugh.
  • Have positive conversations with friends (negative conversations appear to overly activate your brain).
  • Go on a short nature walk.
  1. Take a break from tech

Do you suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out)? You know, that uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out on what your peers, friends and connections may be sharing or commenting? If you find yourself checking social media like a nervous twitch so you don’t feel out of the loop, you probably suffer from it and should give your tech a break.

  1. Try a digital detox

In extreme cases, a digital detox program may be the solution to break your tech addiction. A National Sleep Foundation (NSF) poll found that 95% of Americans use technology within the last hour before lights out. Our brains pay the price for these late-night tech fests. It’s important to learn what brain-calming activities you personally find relaxing and enjoyable, and which ones cause it to be overactive.

Try these digital wind-down rituals every night:

  • Unplug one to two hours before bed to allow your brain a chance to unwind and get ready for sleep.
  • Replace tech with some invaluable “me time” that includes reading, writing, praying or meditating.
  • Read hard copies of your favorite book, preferably one where the topic and writing style requires using less brain power.
  • You’ll find some television shows relaxing and others invigorating, so use your best judgment.
  • Try a crossword puzzle; if it feels brain-calming.
  • Store all digital devices in an area of the house other than the bedroom.
  • Use an alarm clock rather than your smartphone as a wake-up device.