National days are great. They give us the opportunity to focus on one important thing for 24 whole hours! While my favorite one, of course, is all about chocolate (but let's not go there), I was thrilled to find out that Friday, March 9 is 2018’s National Day of Unplugging! That's right. Unplugging is actually 'a thing.' And the National Day of Unplugging is a perfect time to challenge ourselves to do just that. Think, turn it off, shut it down, put it on silent, close it out
As leaders, we think we have to be available for our people 24/7. But disconnecting from my team turned out to be the best thing I could do for them. The first time I went on vacation while leading my company, I was about to take off on a plane when disaster struck at Student Maid. I couldn’t answer my team’s frantic calls and texts because the flight attendants were giving me the stink eye--I had no choice but to power down my phone. By the time we landed, I thought my compa
When was the last time you allowed yourself to get lost in a book? While books are an easy choice for people who want to unplug, it is easy for even voracious readers to get distracted by life’s urgencies and leave the books to gather dust on their nightstands. Working with customers, I’ve noticed people talking less about New Year’s resolutions, and more about New Year’s challenges. Some customers are committing to reading challenges, such as reading 25 or 50 books in 2018.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local diner for breakfast. We sat up at the counter, and next to us were a young man (early 20s) and his father. A charming picture, except for one thing: The entire time, the son was glued to his phone. Didn’t say a word that I could tell to his father, who ended up chatting off and on with the cook and wait staff. Then the check came, and the father took out his wallet and paid the bill. What’s he paying for? Clearly not the pleasure of hi
So how many hugs do you get a day? According to Virginia Satir, “Mother of Family Therapy” We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth. Given the message to unplug and hug, twelve hugs a day will provide lots of opportunities for expansion. Beyond growth, however, hugging can be a potent healer of the soul. Hugs can be exchanged anywhere, no outlet required. No tech device can claim that super power!
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. Fire is the most tolerable third party. - Henry David Thoreau There’s something magical about a fire. (I’m talking about the good kind, of course, that you set on purpose in a controlled environment.) As a kid, when my dad would start a fire on a cold, wintry day, I’d be drawn in like a magnet. Or m
Hi, Unplug & Hug readers. I'm so excited to be a guest blogger on this great website, which happens to be founded by my awesome sister and Unplug & Hug founder, Annabel! I’m a senior at Radford University in Radford Virginia, pursuing a Social Work degree. Based on my studies and personal observations, I can see that mental health issues pose a major problem to college students. Particularly when they are constantly plugged in to social media, texting or being inundated by so
I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree. - Joyce Kilmer A writer writes. And so do I. Poetry to be specific. I find putting pen to paper an extremely therapeutic exercise, and a way for me to capture the beauty I see in the world around me. And it's also one way, and a great way, for me to unplug. So without further ado, I'm so happy to be able to share my poem, "Tree Bird Sun," with you. I hope you enjoy it, and perhaps you'll be inspired to capture in words,
The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. -Anne Frank I am honored to be a guest blogger on Unplug & Hug! Thank you for reading. Let’s get started by visualizing a pair of hands reaching out to feel a soft rain or waving to a friend. Now, let’s rewind to a month ago when I received my first Accunect healing session. During this amazing experience, the Accunect healer explored and assessed my key energy systems (Chakras) where stress could potentially
Exposed [US] embassy staff experienced a statistically significant excess in depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory loss; ear, skin and vascular problems; and other health impacts. Symptom incidence increased significantly with accrued years of exposure. Many of us can recall Nancy Regan’s concern about the harmful effects of drug use in America, exemplified by the message of her famous say-no-to-drugs campaign: “This is your brain on drugs.” A strong warn