When is the last time you turned your cell phone off? Avoided your computer or gaming system for a full day? Most of us, including myself, probably cannot come up with an answer.
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Living in today’s world means we are constantly plugged in. That is how we network, keep in touch with friends and keeps tabs on our children (haha). It makes it easy for us to always be connected to everything that is going on in the world today.
What about all the things we do disconnected, unplugged? Going for walks, playing with your dog, reading a good book or going to the park seemed to have been replaced. Instead of soaking up the fresh air, we collect electronics.
I think there are a time and a place for everything by creating a healthy balance of both. Maybe a fun day outside in the snow followed by snuggling on the couch and a good movie.
Balance is one of those much strived for things in life that is (unfortunately) rarely achieved, but why? Do we not try hard enough, are we too tired from work that staying plugged in is easier or are we addicted to the instantaneous connection we get from being plugged in?
Like anything else baby steps are always best when making life changes. Start by turning your phone off for an hour, walking your dog with your phone off in your pocket, avoiding Facebook for a day or saying no to video games. Taking these baby steps will eventually introduce more and more unplugged activities.
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So next time you’re going to play a video game, think about reading a book instead. Join a walking club and maybe even make new friends. Run off to the cottage and don’t allow any electronics for the whole weekend. Whatever it is that you choose to do, remember baby steps are the keys to success.