I originally posted this a few years ago but this year it seems even more relevant than the first time. Valentines Day. That one word can stir up lots of feelings and emotions. February 14th brings with it excitement, anxiety and even sadness in some of us. And it doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship. Feelings are universal. But one way everyone, no matter who you are or what situation you find yourself in, can embrace Valentines Day, is by embracing your most
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
Valentines Day. That one word can stir up lots of feelings and emotions. February 14th brings with it excitement, anxiety and even sadness in some of us. And it doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship. Feelings are universal. But one way everyone, no matter who you are or what situation you find yourself in, can embrace Valentines Day, is by embracing your most important Valentine: YOU! Self-love through self-care! Self-care is self-love, and here are some ideas
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.
What’s a resolution? Is it losing weight, to save more money, to quit smoking, to travel more or to find more ways to unplug and connect with what’s important to you? Well, no matter your resolution, think of the year as a fresh start. Releasing old, unneeded and unwanted patterns or ways of being, and moving into a new you! A brand new year is an opportunity to start anew. How refreshing is that?!? So, whatever that “new” thing is, think of this quote by the great Louise Hay
Like most kids, my internal countdown to Christmas was palpable. The butterflies in my stomach and the agonizing wait for Santa’s Big Day, I wore on my sleeve. Christmas couldn’t come soon enough. My Mom and Dad, working hand-in-hand with Santa, did an excellent job filling my Christmas list every year. So, of course, the idea of new Barbies and Barbie accessories (all I cared about, really) factored in heavily to my idea that December 25th was, hands-down, the best day of th
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!
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
The holidays are just a month away! And that means holiday shopping! Yikes! If you're like us at Unplug & Hug, you might cringe at the idea of holiday crowds, or even the idea of venturing to a mall. And, if you're REALLY like us, holiday shopping might make you want to just take a moment to meditate! So, we're offering a great alternative to the holiday hustle and bustle. As you make your list (and check it twice!), why not give the gift of unplugging to your family, friends
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,