Cell phones, ipads, kindles, computers, the internet everywhere-on everything, computer games, tv's, ipods and mp3 players, pda's, portable dvd players...being wired for sound is anymore just a part of everyday life in the twentyfirst century. Parents and children both spend huge amounts of time in front of screens of some sort or another and using various electronic devices pretty much on a 24/7 basis. While it does bring us all a bit closer together, it also pushes us further and further into our own little individual little worlds. March 6-7 is this years National Unplugged Day- I hope that you will join me in taking a little break from it all to unplug and just re-charge.
Disconnecting yourself for a whole day is a great way to focus on spending some quality time as a family, or just simply giving yourself the gift of time to do other things you've been wanting to do. Of course you have to decide how disconnected you actually want to be. Do you want to answer your phone? Use your car? Turn on the lights?
This should be fun. Whatever you decide-you can take it as far as you would like to. Don't sweat it if you want to listen to music while creating art, or if you need to look up a recipe online, just have fun with it. At the end of the day it will be interesting to see what you liked and didn't like about unplugging. And maybe, just maybe it will become a normal thing to do once in a while. What do you think?
Here are some ideas of things to do while unplugged:
- Ride your bikes to Brunch
- Hand wash your car
- Go Hiking
- Pack a picnic lunch and head to the park
- Play some board games or card games
- Clean out your closets-you might find treasure!
- Look through old photo albums
- Paint a giant paint-by-number picture
- Work on a jigsaw puzzle
- Give yourself a mani/pedi
- Go on a real scavenger hunt and collect things!
- Give your dog a bath
- Attend a free outdoor concert
- Go camping and really get away from it all
- Read a great book-or-go through that stack of magazines
- Take time to Journal
- Do some gardening-it's good for the soul
- Plan a party
- Pick some berries - or - apples
- Decorate the house for the season
- Volunteer somewhere
- Take a nap
- Enjoy a long soak in the bath
- Walk a maze
- Sit outside and just enjoy doing nothing!