Daily Challenge Thursday Jun. 21, 2012
Take 5 minutes today to unplug from technology and enjoy the scenery instead.
How to do it
Once during your day, take a 5-minute digital break. Stop texting, let the phone go to voicemail, and don't respond to that email message. Instead, pause, take a deep breath, and observe the world around you. If you're inside, look out the window. Notice the sky, the people, and the season. If you can get outside, take an even closer look at your physical environment.
Why it matters
Just as your email inbox gets too full, so can your brain! Smart phones, laptops, and TVs all add to audiovisual clutter that our brains must then sort through. Even though these gadgets provide entertainment, they also add stress and can increase the levels of cortisol in the bloodstream. Over time, higher levels of cortisol can damage the heart, cause high blood pressure, and suppress the immune system. Taking time to unplug and enjoy the scenery allows you time to recharge the most important device: you.
The first text message was sent nearly 20 years ago by a 22-year-old engineer employed by the English telecommunications company Vodafone. The message that would launch a new communication platform simply said, "Merry Christmas."
I shut my phone off for an hour & didnt screw with my laptop, & I looked out my window. :P
Well, for the past week I have been somewhere where there was no internet service, no phone service, no cell phone service and it was heaven not worrying about being "connected".
I took a weekend off, well I should say I avoided technology not intensionaly but I was so engulfed with activities and visiting and enjoying life and communication that I forgot about TV, Cell Phones, and iPad! LOL!
102 emails and 3 days of facebook to catch up on. LOL!
Actually have done a lot of that lately. It is one of the reasons I am behind on my challenges here. My 24 year old son got married earlier this month and my brother flew in for the wedding and stayed several weeks. Also took a long walk with my brother on the songbird trail while he was in. My son and I made it to the lake one day, and a family picnic last Sunday... I am needing another walk and some hula hoop time and another lake day already lol. Also still need to find a good resource for beginning yoga...
Deb R. replied June 29, 2012 at 3:14 UTC:
I try to unplug a few hours a day because it removes a lot of stress. When I do this, It is remarkable how intrusive technology has become.
I went to the hardware store and because the cashier also HAD to answer the phones, or lose her job!, I barely got enough of her attention to make my purchase in person.
Just cam back from a week long vacation. Internet access was not available in the hotel room where we stayed and most times we didnt have cell phone service.
This is a challenge that I am going to try and incorporate into my daily activities. I took a walk up the street and recycled, while observing the beautiful array of flowers in my community. The colors varied from white, pink, purple, blue, and orange! It was a visual feast.
It is amazing how much of your energy and focus it is driven towards the computer, this break will mean for much more than five minutes.
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