National Day of Unplugging
Every March on the first Friday of the month, we get to celebrate a National Day of Unplugging. Even though this day has already passed this year, we here at Nantucket Gate Blog thought it would be a good idea to share a few simple suggestions so that those in our apartment community could take a day to unplug from electronics. It may not be the easiest task in the world, but we know it will feel good to do it! As you opt to unplug, try out one of these tips to help you:
Start Off the Right Way
How often do you start scrolling through your phone directly after waking up? This month, we suggest that you make an effort to make your first action of the day something intentional that will benefit you personally. Rather than immediately checking your inbox, put your phone down after you turn your alarm off to meditate or go on a quick walk around the block.
Whether you have enough time to complete an entire workout routine or you only have a few simple minutes to breathe or wash your face, start your day off with something beneficial to you.
Take Along a Book
If you’re anything like us, we suspect that any time you take public transport or wait in line somewhere, you pass time by mindlessly scrolling through your social media feeds. Instead of doing something like this that is actively destroying your ability to focus, we recommend you bring a book along wherever you go to pull out and read in moments like these!
These moments may seem short and insignificant, but you’ll be surprised how much reading you can accomplish one page at a time.
It’s no surprise that in the age of endless streaming options and constant digital distractions, it takes more deliberateness to spend time outside. Sometime this month, make a conscious decision to spend a moment outside of your apartment rather than being in front of a screen. Go on a specific outdoor adventure you have always wanted to go on — like a certain hike or camping trip — or just take a walk around your neighborhood. Either way, be deliberate about getting outside your apartment and into the fresh air.
Unplug With Friends
Create an experience or two where both you and the friends you are with spend time together collectively unplugged. Without distractions in the form of notifications, memes, and Instagram stories, you’ll be able to connect with the people you care about in a deeper and more meaningful way.
This doesn’t mean you always have to put your screens away around others, but it will likely be a good experiment that will help you reevaluate how you use electronics around others.
Thanks for reading our post today! We hope you have some beautiful moments away from your phone this month here in Tacoma, WA.