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Can You Unplug?

Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, May 23rd, 2011


Does the thought of having not access to your Iphone, Ipad or laptop make you break out in a cold sweat? Could you go a day without them? I was not so sure.

I was in the airport on my way to a little R and R. Everywhere I looked people were head down on their electronic devices. No interaction, even between family members. I fall into this trap too and I figured no time like a vacation to test myself.

Day one was a challenge. I kept reaching for my Iphone for a quick email check or a text. Day two, I left my ipad and my phone in the room and hit the tennis court, fitness studio and the outdoor lounge and surprisingly enough, only briefly pined for the sound of the little email bell. By day three, I had to remind myself where the phone was so I could call and check on my kids. I was so relaxed. (Okay 98 degree dry heat and a lounge chair helped). I was amazed how easy it was to unplug.

We all have jobs and commitments that make it very difficult to unplug from our electronics but think realistically how much time you spend on the computer, looking at Facebook, texting friends and browsing Craigslist. Is it all necessary? What else could you be doing with your time? Studies have shown that people who unplug from electronics on a regular basis are less stressed, have fewer symptoms of depression, and are more active. Test yourself and try and unplug for 24 hours in the next week or two and see how you feel.

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Consciously leave your phone, Ipad or laptop at home when you leave for the day.

  • Plan a day that is filled with something you really want to do but said you never had the time.

  • Meet up with a friend, face to face, and enjoy the social interaction that we often replace with text and email.

  • Do something meaningful. Memorial Day next week provides the perfect opportunity to honor those who are no longer with us.

Not only will you enjoy the benefits of a fun, electronically stress free day but for those of you with kids, you will be setting a fantastic example for them as well. You will have much more credibility asking your kids to turn off their DS if you have your Ipad tucked neatly away for the day too. Then hit the park and play together. There is nothing on Facebook that can’t wait one day.


Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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