Unplug

Unplugging is the idea of turning off the screens, so you can get back to reality. So much is happening around us everyday and we miss out on a lot if we are watching it through a screen. I am not saying you need to cancel your accounts and go live off grid (Though that may seem like a good idea sometimes...) I'm just suggesting that you take some time - maybe once a week - to make a point of putting your phones aside, turning the screens off, and living in the moment. 

Whenever I "unplug" I always feel so much better about the quality of the time spent. I am not constantly checking my phone or being distracted by notifications. Actually, when I unplug, I turn my notifications off, and my volume on high; then I put my phone in another room. That way, I am not constantly checking my phone, and I am not worried about missing a call - if somebody needs to reach me, I will hear my phone ring just like the "good ole days" but otherwise, it is out of sight, out of mind. 

Getting the kids away from the TV is probably the hardest - as much as I hate to admit it - turning on their morning show while I get myself organized for the day is a really big crutch of mine. However, starting the day unplugged is good for everybody - even if it means a little more time getting ready in the morning - when you start the day with no screens, it is easier to commit to the rest of the day; remember: how you start your morning sets the precedent for the rest of the day... If you start the day making exceptions, then you've already lost... Stay strong in the toughest moments and the rest of the day will be a breeze. 

When I unplug, I feel like I am more in tuned to myself, and the people and the world around me. I find that my attention is more focused, and my time is better spent. Instead of filling in the empty moments with a quick scroll through Facebook, I find more productive things to do, like tiding the house, planning fun activities with the kids, or just enjoying an extra moment of quiet. If I need to find a recipe, I look in a cookbook vs scrolling through Pinterest or Google - I find what I'm looking for without getting sidetracked.

I encourage everybody to find some time in their week to unplug - you wont lose your Instagram following if you don't reply to comments immediately for just one day... it may be tough, but you'll be okay - the benefits of taking the time to get back to reality are totally worth it.

When was the last time you "unplugged"? How did you feel about it?

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