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I was having one of those unplugged moments. You know the ones where you decide to unplug from all devices and just be with the world.
I do this daily but not nearly long enough. If we really think about it we would all benefit from doing it more and for longer periods of time.
Now I do unplug daily. In the morning I wake up, meditate, and I take time to just be with me. I also sit on my patio with paper and pen to write my thoughts. This one I try to do daily but it does not happen daily but I am getting better at the daily part. I began experimenting with this and so far it is amazing.
You would never know that I grew up in an age where we were all unplugged. At my job now I am plugged into my computer and my phone goes everywhere with me. I go to work. I’m on the computer. I come home. I get on the computer or sit with the phone or other device. My point here is we miss out on big pieces of life.
Yes I unplug but……
Now don’t get me wrong here. Yes I do unplug probably more than most but not nearly enough. I am good about setting my phone aside at home and times when with people that need my undivided attention. Have you ever been out to dinner with someone and you look across the table and the person is texting away on their cell phone or whatever they are doing on it that is much more important than you. I can tell you it doesn’t feel very comfortable to me and some people will be plugged in the entire time. They aren’t really enjoying the time with the other person are they?
I have made a commitment to myself that I will unplug for more hours in the day. Of course for my job I must be plugged in but will mindfully dedicate additional time to unplug.
Of course I will continue my morning meditation and contemplation time. All together this is about an hour and then I get ready for work.
Here are some ways we can all add a little unplug time to our days.
- We can also completely unplug at lunch for an hour and just mindfully eat lunch.
- After work we can unplug and do something like write, paint, garden, and sit at the beach, go for a walk, plan on paper, do some self care or whatever we might enjoy.
- We can also dedicate time on the weekends to unplug as well.
I have been doing this to a degree but realized that even though I do this somewhat, I do not unplug enough.
I have now been adding more time unplugged to my life and let me tell you it for sure has made a huge difference in the quality of my life. I am writing more, my brain is clearer, I enjoy just being, and I am much more productive in my life.
When I mean unplug, I mean from everything. Put the phone away. Don’t even take it with you. Don’t turn on the computer, TV, or any device at all.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love technology and I think we are going to see some awesome stuff in the future based on our advancements. I do think however in order to remain healthy and to remain clear in our lives we need to find a balance.
10 thoughts on “UnPlugged”
I love this! I’m always looking for times to be more present and less stuck in the virtual world. This was wonderful
i think in the world we live in, it is SO important to unplug! love this
Kate – TheHomeWanderers.com
I could not agree more with this post !! Sometimes you completely forget how dependent you are on your screen(s). I love the reminder to unplug during your lunch hour. Why do we spend all day staring at a screen in the office, to then grab our phones for our lunch break? Craziness – Consider this an early new year’s resolution. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Jen @ Jenron Designs
I tend to unplug after work I usually free myself from electronic chains while being more domestic, while working outside in the garden or in the kitchen cooking. Usually with a cocktail in hand, lol.
I actually make sure that when I wake up in the mornings that the first thing I do is NOT check any of my devices. Just enjoy the first hour of pure silence and meditating before starting my day. I like the idea of doing the same during lunch breaks. So hard to unplug when your job is blogging and social media, but it’s necessary.
I look after social media for other companies including my own so its so hard to unplug but I do try to have a day off from it at least once a week.
I do try to unplug from my phone and/or computer at least a few hours a day and just relax or take a nap.
I started unplugging on Sundays. That is seriously my sabbatical day! I stash away the phone and it is incredible the things I can accomplish!
It’s so hard to unplug when your life is marketing and advertising LOL! But you are right!
I used to just unplug from everything every first week of every month. It was therapeutic. I wish to return to it soon.