|Posted on February 2, 2020 at 10:10 PM|
When was the last time you unplugged your electronics and got away from it all? It seems too many people are tied to their devices and spend much of their free time plugged in. I too appreciate that technology has given me immediate access to information, but I also find that unplugged time is very important too. I need time away from the hustle and bustle – time to recharge and relax.
I unplug in a few different ways. When I only have a free hour or two I will just set my phone to silent and turn off my PC. If Steve is home, I will head to the basement and enjoy the silence there, or I will pop over to the chapel at church for a while. Sometimes I read or pray, and sometimes I just sit.
If I am blessed with the opportunity to do so, I’ll take a whole morning or afternoon and go unplugged. This can be critical when I need to tackle a daunting project - I find it easier to concentrate without interruptions. Sometimes if I am working on a project on my pc it takes effort to keep myself from checking emails, but I CAN do it if I try. Occasionally I will leave my phone at home while I go out to run errands. This helps me avoid the temptation to check in every half hour!
Periodically my husband and I take vacations out of the country. Now I know you can get internet and phone data plans while travelling, and I have the ability to do so, but I only do this in an emergency. Otherwise, I use wifi (when available) to connect back with the world. In many cases this is only in the evenings at our hotels or at wi-fi cafes. When we are cruising, we may purchase a wi-fi data package, but these can be pricey and the number of minutes is limited. It forces me to be frugal with my internet time – I don’t want to waste those precious minutes absorbed in funny cat videos or mindless scrolling through Facebook posts!
The good thing about this unplugged time is it allows me time to do other things. I can spend time writing, reading or participating in other fun things. I can actually have a face-to-face conversation with my husband or friends! Unplugged time can be a real blessing for me, and I now try to take several times during the week to unplug.
When was the last time you unplugged and took some time for something else? If it has been a while, maybe this week you could take one hour to unplug. Do something a little different! But during this time, don’t check your emails, don’t watch TV, and don’t even listen to a CD or a radio. You may find a special blessing during your unplugged time!
Have a blessed Monday!
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