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The (lost) art of unplugging & what to do instead

March 06, 2018

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“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” - Anne Lamott Today’s world moves at a feverish, almost frantic pace. Every minute of every day, we are connected - to our jobs, our friends, our families, the 24-hour news cycle. This connectivity while a modern marvel is also what keeps many of us from fully being able to relax. Studies have shown that more and more people are developing an unhealthy attachment to their electronic devices. That’s why unplugging regularly is so important. Not sure what to do if you don’t scroll through social media or check out the latest Netflix series? Here are a few ideas to help you out. Not sure what to do if you don’t scroll through social media or check out the latest Netflix series? Here are a few ideas to help you out. Get outside. We live in a great, big world full of species, organisms, and locales that are just waiting to be studied and visited. So grab your athletic shoes or hiking boots and set out to see what you can find. You can even do a fun nature scavenger hunt while you’re out and about! Hit up the library and check out the latest must-reads or revisit a classic. Need some ideas? Check out this list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids. Make a family meal. Pick a cuisine and have each member of the family be in charge of a course. If you have young kids, have them pair with an older child or give them something that doesn’t involve heat or knives. Add to the meal by learning a little more about the culture of the cuisine you chose. Go camping. If the weather is nice, take the fun outside and sleep under the stars! Sing songs, build a fire, make s’mores then spend the night seeing what constellations you can find or tell stories. Oh, and we can’t forget a good old-fashioned game of flashlight tag! Talk. Simple, right? But it’s becoming a lost art. Take this opportunity to sit as a family and learn what is going on in each other’s worlds. While it’s not feasible to do it all the time, taking time to unplug and reconnect is important for your health and relationships. Try scheduling a specific day or time where everyone in the family puts all of the devices away and spends time enjoying life without a screen.

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