Today we are tackling mental clutter. Now is a great time to practice unplugging. According to the Pew Research Center, 84% of cell phone users claim they could not go a single day without their device.  What do you struggle to unplug from? Social Media? Video Games? TV? Let’s clear some mental clutter as we continue our month focusing on 10-minute tips to declutter your life!


Don’t forget to check our part 2 of my blog later this month.

Unplug: Why?

A blog post on Distractify shared that the average person:

  • Watches TV for 9.1 years.
  • 2 years are spent watching commercials
  • 70% of our waking life in front of digital media.
  • 18% of social media users can’t go a few hours without checking Facebook;
  • On Facebook: 39,757 years of time collectively spent of Facebook EACH DAY

Let’s clear some mental clutter and get unplugged!

Unplug: Where?

First, what’s your poison? What do you need to unplug from? Video games? Facebook? Your cell phone? Computer?


Take the time to choose one item. It could be something that you waste the most time on like surfing Facebook; a bad habit such as checking your phone during family time; or spending time with videos instead of having personal interactions.


If you are unsure, ask yourself some questions:

Where do I seem to spend or waste a lot of time?

Do I notice something I can’t seem to tear myself away from?

Do my family or friends complain I am addicted to something?

Have any of my habits cost me anything? i.e. I was late to work because I couldn’t put down the video game.

Advantages of Unplugging

Unplugging can be hard, so why would you want to do it?


First of all, it Reduces stress. We aren’t meant to be going 24/7 and always answering a phone or reading status updates on Facebook.


You will also feel better for yourself if it is social media you are unplugging from: Researchers found that heavy Facebook use may make certain people experience feelings of envy, which in turn could lead to depression.


“We found that if Facebook users experience envy of the activities and lifestyles of their friends on Facebook, they are much more likely to report feelings of depression,” study co-author Dr. Margaret Duffy, a University of Missouri journalism professor, said in a press release. “Facebook can be a very positive resource for many people, but if it is used as a way to size up one’s own accomplishments against others, it can have a negative effect.”


What do you need to unplug from? What are your biggest challenges to power down?

DIY Options to Clear Clutter

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