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Unplug, Can You Survive

October 15, 2019

I don’t know about you, but my smartphone sometimes seems like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Between texts, emails, regular old phone calls, and notifications from multiple social media sites keeping up with all the inputs can feel like a full-time job.

In the past, people could “switch off” after work by simply going home or avoid dealing with dramatic friends by not picking up the phone. But smartphones, social media, and the expectation that everyone should be available all of the time have made taking a breather much more difficult.

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Complete the 3-day unplug challenge, by answering the following questions below. Share in the comment section below or email your private comments to [email protected]

What was the best—and the worst—thing about being unplugged? Would you unplug again? Would a regular unplugged time every week be a good idea? Why or Why not?

Enjoy!

Salus Team

9 responses to “Unplug, Can You Survive”

  1. Gina Swensen says:

    I try and make sure that I put my phone on the counter for charging before going to bed. That way it is out of my reach, but I know what you mean by the phone being an irresistible magnet.

  2. Peggy Rawlins says:

    This is a habit I already started a few weeks ago and it really helps me. I used to watch TV to see the news just before going to bed. When I stopped and changed to reading or relaxing without media, it made a big difference in getting better sleep!

  3. Roy Lindhardt says:

    It is totally hard to leave your phone alone. Worse than people expecting you to always available is that you expect everyone else to always be available in my opinion. With how much better I have felt from doing it, I think I’m going to prescribe regular technology fasts for myself.

  4. Alexis Weight says:

    The best part of this exercise is that I wasn’t nearly as tempted to surf the internet on my phone before bed.
    The worst part is that I usually play relaxing videos or use a sleep/meditation app to help me get to sleep, so it was more difficult for me to fall asleep.
    So, for me (being the odd duck out), regular unplugged time wouldn’t help, but only because I specifically use my phone to listen to relaxing content every night.

  5. Sharleen Peterson says:

    I do not use my cell much, it was a easy change. My usage is about 5 to 7 minutes a week. When I retire for the night I am ready to have lights out.

  6. Monilee Pearson Conrad says:

    This makes you realize how addicted we are to technology.
    I really enjoyed the silence in the evening.
    I am going to work on continuing this change.

  7. Laura Lund says:

    I have been doing this for years, people are always surprised I read 1-2 books per week but when you don’t watch TV or play on your phone there is so much more time to relax.

  8. Jody Wojtasek says:

    On the 14th I read a article about unpluging. Subconsious or whatever i accidently left my phone at home. 10/15/19 I can’t make personal calls from my desk, so I panicked at first, to the point of hyperventalating. I went for a walk and readjusted my mind set. By the end of the day i vowed to unplug once a week.
    It was refreshing after the intital shock. I’m going to work on this very strictley.
    I feel i can see clearly more light, breath better, and meditate with calmness.

  9. Julie Spencer says:

    The best thing about unplugging the devices is that I am calm and peaceful when I go to bed. Electronic devices give me anxiety! I would do it again and will try to make it a practice especially on the weekends when life is even crazier! I think a regular unplugged time each day would be wonderful!

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