Today, March 9, is National Unplugging Day. Ironically, for a day when you are supposed to disconnect from your technological devices, it even has its own hashtag (#NationalUnpluggingDay)
But if you’re reading this blog today, I take it you haven’t chosen to completely unplug from online connections. I understand. In a world where we are used to being connected 24/7, it’s hard to actually “cut the cord.” (Not that you have to do something so drastic as actual cord cutting. Just pulling the plug is sufficient.)
The truth is, however, that most of us do realize it’s beneficial to occasionally disconnect from the technological world. Various studies have revealed that you’re likely to sleep better, experience improved mood, deepen your relationships, and connect better with the world around you.
Becoming Minimalist has some great suggestions on how to get a better grasp on your technology addiction, including choosing a period each day (whether it’s 30 minutes to an hour) where you are purposely disconnected from your phone, computer, tablet, and television. Whether it’s the first hour of your day or at mealtimes, try distancing yourself from the siren’s call of social media and focus on you, your environment, or your family instead.
If you find the above suggestion worthwhile, you can take it one step further and go on an extended unplugged retreat where you power off your devices for days at a time (Joshua Becker suggests 40 days, but if that’s too extreme for you, one not start with a weekend?)
One thing I’ve found is that when I force myself to step away from technology, I feel refreshed, more alert, energetic, and positive. Freeing up my time by avoiding glowing screens prompts me to do something like pick up a book instead. This in turn reminds me of how much I love reading – and writing – and inspires me to immerse myself in written stories instead.
If you missed the chance to unplug today, don’t feel as though the opportunity has passed you by. Every day offers the possibility to put down a device and reconnect with the world right in front of us.
You might just be surprised at the stories you find.
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. The Way Back to Erin, Book #3 in her "A Findlay Roads Story" series, is her fifth Harlequin Heartwarming novel.