Celebrate National Day of Unplugging

By Amanda Roland
Unplug from Phone

Ever feel like you need a detox from social media, email or the internet altogether? Luckily for all of us, National Day of Unplugging is here to help us! This is a “24-hour global respite from technology,” according to nationaldayofunplugging.com. From March 6 at sundown to March 7 at sundown, kick your phones, computers and TVs to the curb! Here are some ideas on how to spend your time unplugged and away from tech!

Host a party!

You and all of your friends can unplug together! You can do this tonight starting at sundown, or you can host an all-day event tomorrow until the sun goes down! Have your friends bring over some appetizers, serve a few drinks and play some fun board games. Some adult games like “What Do You Meme?” and “Cards Against Humanity” are sure to keep the party entertaining and hilarious! If you are including children at your party, play some more family-friendly games like “Pictionary” or “Apples to Apples” to make sure everyone has a good time. You won’t even miss the technology when you are having a blast surrounded by the people you love!

Tip: Still want to capture all the fun? Pick up some disposable cameras to pass around during the party. Re-live the fun a week later after you get your pictures developed!

Write a short story!

Let your imagination run wild and start writing! You could write a short story about your own life, or you could make up a fantasy world with characters and a complicated plot. The possibilities are endless. And the best part? No one ever has to read it so who cares if it isn’t good. Pack up some paper and pencils; head to your favorite coffee shop or quiet space; and let the ideas flow.

Paint or draw

This may require a trip to the store if you don’t have any art supplies. Get some acrylic paints, a canvas of some kind (could even be leftover cardboard) and paintbrushes. Think of a theme and start painting what comes to mind. Use vibrant colors, test your talents and let your imagination take the driver’s seat.

Spend time with your loved ones

This is something that we should all do more often. When things like work, school, and stress get in the way, sometimes we forget to talk to the people that mean the most to us. Use the National Day of Unplugging to go visit your grandparents, best friends, mentors and siblings that you’ve been missing, and spend some uninterrupted quality time with them. This will sure beat sending them a text or liking an Instagram picture — it will mean something.

Use these the National Day of Unplugging to really get out of your daily routine and detox from technology. Your body, mind and soul will thank you later.

by Amanda Roland