6 Ways to Enjoy the National Day Of Unplugging Right Now
Reasons to take on the National Day of Unplugging
National Day of Unplugging: 6 ideas of how to spend your time offline
1. Spend time in nature
Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to calm our nervous systems, reduce stress, and help us relax. In our ultra-digital world, appreciating and experiencing nature is something many of us don’t allow ourselves to do often enough.
Go for a long (or short) walk on your lunch break or before work, visit a local park, go to the beach, or spend the day, or evening after work, exploring the woods. Breathe in the fresh air and sounds of nature, witnessing the beauty of your own environment, rather than watching someone else be present in their beautiful environment on social media. Find out what beautiful areas you have nearby!
2. Unwind with a cup of tea
One of our favourite ways to relax is with a good book and a steamy cup of tea. Whether we're picking up a well-loved paperback with a blanket in the garden or reading the newest bestseller on the train, there's nothing like getting lost in the pages of a gripping story.
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3. Socialise with friends, family and co-workers
Take your social life off of social media and into the real world. Connect with people you only ever connect with online over a coffee or a long walk. You might find that you’re surprised at how little you knew about the people around you! Ask your co-worker to spend lunch together, find out how their friends and families are, share stories, or just experience something new. You’ll soon remember how much more enjoyable authentic, in-person conversion felt before you got stuck in your phone.
4. Move your body or exercise
Exercising boosts mood and increases self-esteem whilst reducing the risk of anxiety and depression. We're not talking about running a marathon! Whether you're going to the gym to lift weights, do yoga or go for a walk around the block twice a week, you will start to see the benefits of exercise.
Exercising, within your capabilities, is always a good idea. But, if you're feeling down about something in your life or you notice your scrolling habits are making you feel unworthy of a healthy body or mind, unplug and put your walking shoes on. Spending a short while moving your body will promote a better headspace and help you tackle your emotional, and logical problems head-on when you return.
5. Engage in a hobby
Scrolling on Instagram isn't a hobby - even if we like to think it is. Hobbies should stimulate the mind and bring us fulfilment and joy. Creative hobbies such as knitting, crafting, writing, or playing an instrument is an easy and enjoyable way to lose yourself in a task and upskill your confidence - release your inner pop star and dance around the living room and you’re likely to forget TikTok ever existed.
Why not ask a friend if they want to join you? Do something you both love or try a new activity together.
6. Pamper yourself
Give yourself the spa-like treatment you deserve. Do your nails, shave, run a hot bath or shower, use your favourite products, and refresh your skin. Pampering yourself is a great way to listen to your body and what it needs - and dedicate time and attention to caring for yourself– your cup needs to be complete before you can support others, remember.
Put on some relaxing music, read a book, or simply enjoy the silence as you soak.
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Overwhelmed? Don’t worry! 10mins offline is better than 0 minutes offline. Celebrate your achievements now and enjoy your accomplishment. It might be scary at first, but unplugging technology can significantly improve your mental health and lifestyle so if you’ve not managed the full time by tomorrow, focus on what you have managed to do. So many of us find it difficult to be without our mobile phones or earbuds for more than ten minutes so keep trying! In today's world, our relationship with technology is stronger than ever so perhaps challenge yourself to an hour every week from now until next year. You might surprise yourself and find that you can muster the whole day next year on March 3rd 2024!