Mornings in the technology age pretty much go like this: Wake up, roll over to check your phone, browse through your social media accounts to catch up on whatever you might have missed, and then, start your day.
How many of us have sat at a lunch table with friends and before you know it, everyone is on their phones handling business, sending a tweet, or responding to an email?
Well, the good people over at Reboot have awarded us a necessary break through The National Day Of Unplugging. The holiday was established in 2003 and occurs for 24 hours on the first Friday of March, as a way to bring people face to face and voice to voice without our technology acting as a barrier.
Check out our suggestions below on how to utilize your day of unplugging:
Read, Read, READ!
The answers you’re searching for are not always going to be on social media, television, or in your texts and emails. More than likely the inspiration you’re waiting for and knowledge you’re seeking is tucked inside the pages of a book. The beautiful thing about reading is there is something for everyone. You’re able to take elements from your favorite hobby, interest, or even TV show, and drown yourself in related literature.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are a few suggestions from outstanding women writers:
With so much going on around us, it’s important to set aside time for complete silence to reflect and recharge. The twenty minutes in the shower or five minutes before you fall asleep at night won’t suffice as down time for the chaos we endure during our everyday lives. Find a quiet space and cater to your mind for a bit.
Out with the old, in with the new! Literally. We spend a great deal of time on the go and forget about the simple things like cleaning our closets! Spend your day unplugging and uncluttering by filtering out those jeans you haven’t worn in three years, or those random Target finds that are collecting dust under your bed. In order to make room for the new, you have to get rid of the old! And, even better, take those unwanted items to your local shelters like the Salvation Army, or Goodwill.
There’s no greater feeling than taking your blessings and being a blessing to someone else! Volunteering isn’t limited to food drives and soup kitchens. Ask around and search online for local volunteer opportunities. There are more people in need than hands that are helping them; grab your family and friends and spend your day paying it forward.
HGTV and the DIY channel have many of us in a do-it-yourself frenzy! Thankfully, sites like the Home Depot Blog and Pinterest have us covered. Re-upholster a chair or create a new, spicy canvas for your empty living room wall. The luxury of DIY is that you have complete creative control of your product; handcraft a gift for that birthday party you forgot about, or whip up that face mask you’ve been eager to try. The opportunities are limitless!
Pack up your favorite foods and sit in the park or even your backyard for a picnic, join your local running club for a refreshing workout, take your dog to the dog park, and if you’re in a warmer city, head to the beach!
Groupon & Livingsocial
It’s as simple as logging on, finding your city, and taking advantage of the many random activities available. You’ll find things from wine tasting to an adrenaline filled afternoon at The Escape Room.
Want the chance to win your own mindfulness kit?
Click here for your chance to win The National Day of Unplugging Prize Kit