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National Day of Unplugging

National Day of Unplugging

By Alice Lane | Be Social. Be Smart. Intern

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Like many people these days, I’m a self-confessed technology addict. I scroll through Facebook of a morning like it’s the daily newspaper, and checking my Instagram feed before bed is a nightly ritual. I’m one of those people who says I’m going to bed and is still up an hour later because I’ve been sucked into checking every social app before bed. Emails, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, you name it, I’m checking it.

Clearly I love technology but sometimes it’s important to step away from the screen and into, well,  reality. Don’t get me wrong, the benefits of technology are enormous but it’s important to balance all aspects of our life and making sure time spent in front of a screen doesn’t take away from spending time with friends or family.

So tomorrow, I’m going to wholeheartedly embrace National Unplug Day. Now I appreciate that it’s probably a lot easier for me to unplug than most people, many of you can’t turn off technology for an entire day, after all the schooling and working worlds revolve around it. What I will be doing though, and what I encourage you to do, is to make sure I turn off any non-essential forms of technology and look for non-technology options where possible. After all it’s about balance.

So tomorrow when you’re at work and you’re about to fire an email across the office, why not get up and go and chat to the recipient in person? When you get home from school or work, don’t turn on the TV or open up Instagram, read a book, go for a walk or catch up with a friend. It will be the perfect way to unwind on a Friday night. Who knows you may even decide to unplug for the entire weekend.

So if you’re convinced to take the National Unplug Day pledge, here are 16 fun things you can do that involve exactly zero screens!

  • Dig through your cookbooks and find a new recipe to whip up.
  • Go for a walk with a friend.
  • Go on a photo scavenger hunt but use an actual camera – no phones or iPads allowed!
  • Write a letter or send a postcard to a friend in another city.
  • Climb a mountain or building in your city and watch the sunset.
  • Pack a picnic and head to the beach or your local park.
  • Read an actual book.
  • Go out for coffee with someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with.
  • Invite people over for a potluck dinner party – just get everyone to bring one dish!
  • Play a board game or cards with your family. Maybe steer clear of Monopoly; it tends to end in tears!
  • Clean out your wardrobe and donate any unwanted clothes to charity.
  • Explore a neighbourhood you’ve never been to before.
  • Check out the local Friday night or Saturday morning markets in your area; you never know what hidden treasures you may find!
  • Explore your city on public transport – take a walk and a trip on the bus or ferry, no planning, just go!
  • Take a nap
  • Make a list – not a to do list, instead something you enjoy; movies to watch, books to read, places to visit, foods to eat.

 Good luck and be sure to let us know what you did to unplug next week!

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