national unplugging day

Unplug Yo-self

Sundown on 03/03 through 03/04 is the National Day of Unplugging here in the US. Whether you’re able to do it this day or not, it’s always good to occasionally take a break from the hyper-connected world we inhabit, both for you and everyone around you.

Here’s a few ideas for ways to spend your unplugged day (all of which can be done for free):

Make Food
It can be as simple as a salad (make sure you wash all your ingredients!) or as complex as a soufflé or slow-roasted/braised meat with veggies. The act of making something from scratch creates an appreciation for the effort which goes into providing fuel for your body.

Originally posted by 1980s-90sgifs

Stay (or get) in Bed
You can be lazy or productive in bed (or on the couch or in a comfy chair or [my fav] a papasan) without a device that has a screen.

Originally posted by welcometoyouredoom

Read
Magazine. Newspaper. Physical book (no money? Get thee to a local library and peruse the shelves).

Originally posted by blackewhitelover

Walk
Go at whatever speed you want and let your mind wander.

Originally posted by ofallingstar

Meditate
Five minutes, focusing on your breathing and the state of your body. No judgment, no trying to fix issues in your brain. Just breathe. And again. And again.

Originally posted by meditation-zen

Hang Out
Get a couple friends and go to a park, or grab a cup of coffee, no phones aloud! *old person voice* When I was your age, we used to drive around back roads with the radio blaring, or go to the mall to binge on fried food and people-watch.

Originally posted by dennys

Volunteer
Serve at a soup kitchen. Head to the park with a garbage bag and fill it up with trash. Drop off flowers at a nursing home then hang with the residents and read and paint their nails. Options are endless. Get out of your head and into the world. It makes a difference.

Curbed from this article on Vogue, which I edited heavily because, to me, it had a very Suburban Mom tone to it (which there’s nothing wrong with, but it’s not a very broad demographic to address) and yet the ideas are great.

- O