Take the Time to Unplug

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This past weekend I made a conscious effort to detach a bit. It wasn’t that hard for me but I wasn’t perfect at it either. I grabbed my book instead of my phone, we built a puzzle together as a family rather than take turns on electronics and we took a walk along the beach even though it is still winter.

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Lately being online has felt draining and while I enjoy keeping up with friends and family over social media, reading interesting articles and looking up new recipes, I found that it was all taking a toll on me mentally as well. It was time for a little detox and something I think I will do more regularly now, for myself, and encourage my family as well.

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I will go to my cookbooks and magazine clippings for recipes, start on that pile of books I picked up at a garage sale and pick up the phone to call my family and friends to check-in. It won’t be done every day and it won’t look perfect, but with a rhythm, it will become more natural.

Lisa Palumbi
Lisa Palumbihttps://qualcosadibello.wordpress.com/
LISA graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelors in Psychology and worked in various non-profits in Fund Development and Event Planning for 10 years. Now a stay-at-home mom of 3 and a budding Family and Lifestyles Photographer. She is embracing her multitude of passions ranging from yoga and reading to crafting, baking and travel photography, while making strides to enjoy the now with her children.

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  1. It is a good rule and beneficial every now and then to stop, unplug, clear up your ideas, find ourselves and remind ourselves who we are, where we are going, where we want to go and above all where we want to stay. Not doing so is the sure cause of an accumulation of stress that, in the long term, turns into anxiety, with worrying effects for our health.
    Nowadays, we have a different idea of social relationships, which creates the false need to always be connected. That need to be always available awakens a certain insecurity in people when, for some reason, they have to separate from their electronic devices. It is for this reason that this behavior can affect our emotional well-being.
    Nowadays, we have a different idea of social relationships, which creates the false need to always be connected. That need to be always available awakens a certain insecurity in people when, for some reason, they have to separate from their electronic devices. It is for this reason that this behavior can affect our emotional well-being. We must be aware that new technologies have made our communication and the flow of information easier and better, but have also contributed to deteriorating our quality of life and our health. In reality we need our self-discipline effort first, the awareness of the need to pull the plug. Even through small gestures, such as a walk, a leisure break to cultivate a passion, a ritual to do something that gratifies us.

  2. Thanks for sharing this Lisa. Great reminder for us to do what came naturally not that many years ago – when electronics weren’t nearly as much of a distraction. Detox is a great way to describe it….. gives us the opportunity to recalibrate – reminds us of the real priorities – day to day problems don’t loom quite as large. A phone call rather than a text?! Wow, now you’re talking! (really!)

  3. Hi Lisa,
    Love old books.. our winters are colder here so I’ll gander at thrift store for books..🤔🤷‍♀️🤣🌷
    “Sometimes the best connection is a disconnection!”
    The family puzzle time.. makes for great memories!
    Enjoy and stay blessed
    Happy Saturday
    Paula!

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