Don’t forget to check out part 1 of my blog in unplugging.

Power Down to Become Present

Many times we are not living in the present moment and being plugged in serves as a way to distract us. By unplugging, it allows time for important self-reflection.


Unplugging also enhances our relationships. We can spend quality, focused time with people instead of glancing at our messages every ten seconds. We can focus on who is right in front of us instead of what isn’t.


Take the time to think about what you will gain from unplugging.

How To Power Down

Since we are focusing on 10-minute tips, practice unplugging 10 minutes a day; if you can do more, great, but start with 10 minutes. That is manageable for most people.


Write it down on your to do list or block out a time on your calendar. Use a timer if you must.


If you feel the urge to grab your device or surf the Internet, take a deep breath and ask yourself some questions. Are you afraid you will miss something? Is your habit fulfilling a need? Being so plugged in 24/7 can serve as a distraction. What are you distracting yourself from? Pain? Anger? Sadness?


Be gentle with yourself. We are on autopilot with these habits. The good news is if you increase your awareness—which is the first step—then it will get easier with time.

Create a list of all the things you will gain when you unplug. Better relationships? More time for solitude? Saving money because you won’t be purchasing the latest and greatest? Keep it where you can see it.


Going forward, can you continue to carve out 10 minutes a day unplugged? Is there a better habit you could replace it with such as breathing or meditation? Taking a walk or stretching?


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Takeaways from both of the blogs:

  • Pick one item –Facebook, your cell phone, video games, etc. that you want to unplug from. Commit to unplugging 10 minutes a day.
  • Create a list of all the things you will gain when you unplug. Keep it where you can see it.
  • View unplugging as an opportunity for self-reflection. What can you learn about yourself if you unplug?


What steps will you take to unplug? What do you believe you’ll gain from unplugging? What are your best tips to unplug?

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