National Day of Unplugging couldn’t come at a better time. The longest short month of the year, otherwise known as February, has drawn to a close. And with it, a desire for a change of scenery. Let's start by taking a break from those screens!
What is the National Day of Unplugging? It's a worldwide break from technology that takes place March 6th-7th from sundown to sundown. You can take the pledge and download a free toolkit with ideas on making ditching the devices a bit easier.
Since launching Pursoma, our founder, Shannon Vaughn, has been an advocate of unplugging for the sake of your self-care -- we call it digital detox.
“It is essential for the modern woman to have a safe-haven where she can find respite from the chaotic obsessions of the digital world and nourish her inner light; to have a ritual where she can slough the stresses from her body, mind, and spirit, and get back to her natural, radiantly rejuvenated state,” Shannon Vaughn
A digital detox is self-imposed time away from your screens of choice to leave you feeling more energetic, clear-minded, and de-stressed. In an over-connected world, this practice is essential for relieving anxiety and living a healthier life.
Commit to the National Day of Unplugging with a Digital Detox
While juice cleanses and other drastic measures have been popular in the past, they are often expensive and difficult to complete properly. A digital detox takes the benefits of a to cleanse to the next level by relieving the mind of daily stress, rejuvenating the body, and improving our sleep quality.
Top Three Reasons to Join the National Day of Unplugging
- You feel wired yet tired at the same time. This is the sensation of slogging through each day fantasizing about closing your eyes, then feeling wide awake with a racing mind once you get into bed.
- You spend hours daily on digital devices. The average adult spends 11 hours each day on screens, up from 9.5 hours per day four years ago. Those statistics are shocking but show there is room for reducing hours clocked on phones, TV, etc.
- You experience disrupted sleep. If you wake up during the night or don’t feel rested in the morning, it could be due to ambient light from your devices. Research shows the way the eye processes this type of light can reset your internal clock, affecting the quality of sleep.
Pursoma's Top Tips for a Digital Detox
Before panic sets in over going phone-free, know this. Unplugging doesn’t mean you have to go cold turkey. Setting limits has its benefits too.
- Do you grab your phone the instant you wake up each morning? Try letting it sit until after you’ve had your coffee, meditated, or worked out.
- Get sucked into a quick check of Instagram or Twitter, only to surface 30 minutes later? Skip the social media until after work.
- Or maybe you are a slave to email? Read and return emails every other hour for one day.
Pick the one way you feel your devices take up the most of your time and start there. It all counts. If you can’t go an entire 24 hours without logging into your laptop, reducing your time spent on screens even slightly will make you feel good and may even become a habit.
Once you’ve logged off, boost your screen-free benefits by indulging in wellness products designed to combat environmental pollutants, digital overload, and feelings of stress.
We recommend Digital Detox Bath for a hard reset of your body’s operating system. Made with French green clay and sea salt for a sensation of overall wellness, replenishment, and revitalization.