Readers,

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know that for the past few months I have been encouraging my followers to unplug for a day. I typically do this on Sundays, since it’s on a weekend and I don’t have any blog posts set up for this day.

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There are many reasons why I do this, but my main one is because of Ava. I don’t want her growing up seeing her mother and father glued to a screen 24/7. I can’t stand talking to someone and seeing them pull their phone out while trying to continue the conversation. Unless you’re trying to show me something, but don’t just check your news feeds while having an actual conversation with someone. We are loosing ourselves in the social media and digital world.

There are many times throughout the day where I don’t allow screens to be, such as the dinner table and an hour before bed. These times are meant for conversation and relaxation, the blue screen disrupts your sleep patterns and can actually cause insomnia which in turn opens a whole can of worms for bigger problems down the road. There are many other negative effects that are caused by overuse of technology and I certainly don’t want it to harm my family or myself. We purposely don’t own a TV, because I look at technology as an educational tool or a sinking hole, you have to be very careful not to get sucked into the hours of mindlessness provided for you. Now I don’t want to go down the rabbit hole of how bad technology is for you (I am sure Ill post about it soon!) I want to tell you that there are ways to unplug!

 

1. Get out into nature

I bet you knew this one was going to be on my list! But it’s true! Nature is such a great place to relax and enjoy. If you feel the need to photograph it, bring a camera, not your phone! Go on a hike, bike ride or even a picnic! These memories are for you and the ones you’re sharing it with, not your instagram followers!
pro status: go camping for a full weekend without your screens.

2. Read a book

This is one of my favorites! We always say “oh I wish I had time to read more”, however you do have the time, you just need to manage it better! I love books and will typically read an hour before I go to bed to get my brain ready for rest. I also find myself reading throughout the day more now that I’;ve been more conscious of my screen time & have noticed that my lovely daughter has started to pick up more books as well.

3. Create something

Whether it’s a painting or some amazing boho boots, spend some time showing your creative side! I will print out any patterns I have if I plan on knitting or sewing so I don’t find myself on my computer looking up the directions. You are being productive and creative, maybe get your littles to join you and color together. I recently bought an adult coloring book for myself and love it!

4. Tea or Lunch Date

Call an old friend and schedule a time to spend together. Agree to either leave or turn off your phones so that you can have a full one on one time! Maybe even make it a weekly get together.

5. Exercise

Get out and move, go to a yoga class or ride your bike for an hour or two. Move your body and create some awesome endorphins!

6. Pray or Meditate

This is a really important one for me. When I am able to tune out all the stress and distractions I am able to tune into the divine. I am really able to get in touch with my spiritual side and you should too. Whatever you believe, you need that time to get closer to your god or divinity.

7. Spread the word

Tell others about your #lifeunplugged and make sure they know that you won’t be dead in a ditch somewhere but you are simply making a life choice to unplug for a day each week. Maybe even ask them to do the same!

Other times to stay screen free:

1. At the table
This is a time to reflect on the day with your family members and to build a stronger relationship with each other.

2. After dark
Once the sun leaves us for the day, our brains need to start thinking about rest. However there are many studies showing that the blue light causes many sleep problems and this is why I suggest once it starts getting dark, unplug and start relaxing. Take a detox bath or read a book next to a lamp or candle.

3. When having guests
Place your phone in your study or bedroom away from your eyes and hands. Guests don’t want to come visit if they are being ignored. My only exception is if I am playing music, then I put my phone on “do not disturb”.

Our children deserve to have our utmost attention as well as a full and meaningful childhood. Let them grow up seeing our faces and set an example of how to use technology in a healthy way. Show them how to really enjoy life, I guarantee you’ll hear “i’m bored” a lot less often! And incase this article wasn’t enough for you, here are two depressing and eyeopening videos explaining our technology overload in a more artistic way!

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Question of the Day:

Have you started unplugging?
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Wow, that was a lot of information for you today! So glad you stopped by, I hope that this information has informed you as well as filled you with more questions to begin your very own path towards wellness. I want to thank you for reading today’s post and educating yourself on holistic health. Not only are you helping the planet but you are helping yourself and those around you truly heal. Living a healthy lifestyle takes some work but I promise you it’s 100% worth it!! I also want to mention that I am not a doctor and all the information given to you today is for information purposes only, please continue to educate yourself from other sources. Please read my disclaimer for more information. Be sure to share this post with your friends and family, like us on our social media platforms and subscribe to our newsletter for more topics on holistic living!

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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