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9 Reasons to Unplug in Favor of Digital Wellness

Unplug in favor of digital wellness? Easier said than done! Immersed in an online world of social media that is 24/7, bloggers feel compelled to be connected and can have a hard time disconnecting from devices when attempting to stay up to date on industry news as blog fodder, keep up with friends on Facebook, chronicle life’s moments through images shared on Instagram, and document adventures on Twitter one hashtag at a time.

Keeping up can be exhausting. When do you call it quits and what do you do when you disconnect from technology? Favorite bloggers share why they unplug in favor of digital wellness.

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    Cecily Kellogg, of Uppercase Woman and a fellow Babble Tech writer says that she enjoys going outside. Creating Motherhood's Dresden Shumaker, also a Babble contributor, heads out to the playground with her son because "if I didn't unplug, I'd work nonstop. Giving myself clear times where I absolutely do not make myself digitally available to anyone allows me to let go and really be WITH my son and not be distracted."

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    "Quality time with my family," says Brandi Jeter of Mama Knows it All. "I'm able to look them in their eyes, listen intently and focus, really focus, on what they're saying to me. Whenever I'm plugged in and "multitasking," I get the feeling that they're getting the short end of the stick." Brandi isn't alone in unplugging to focus on family. Natasha C. Nicholes (House of Nicholes) agreed saying that when she unplugs, she and her family "are able to enjoy things together and be IN the moment, instead of posing for it."

     

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    Towanda Long uses the time to play. "Board games, Wii dance competitions, and dress up with my girls are a few of my favorites," admits the Queenocracy founder. 

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    Believe it or not, bloggers still write even when they're unplugged. Type A Parent conference organizer, Kelby Carr, spends time brainstorming in a notebook. "It's a great way to clear my mind and let fresh ideas in." Cocoafly's Jenee Darden says she also likes to spend time "journaling and engaging in self reflection."

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    Unplugging helps promote digital wellness and what Yolanda Arrington calls a mental health break. Jessica Cohen finds more clarity when she unplugs while Digital Sisterhood's Ananda Leeke uses time away from technology beneficial to her overall well being. Ananda tends to "slow down, practice yoga, create art, see friends in person, eat slower, take walks, notice nature, and just rest" when she's disconnected. Lisa Frame from A Daily Pinch says she has "more time to be one with my breath."

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    "Life happens when you unplug," exclaims Arlett Hartie of Chasing Joy who finds that she has more time for dating, sleep, fitness, family, friends and fun. Arlett isn't alone. Rosalynda Thorn (Mommy Powers and This Mama Can Cook) and A Parenting Production's Erin Lane agree. Erin uses her time unplugged for "cleaning, organizing, house projects, reading, and playtime with the kids."

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    Taking time away also allows bloggers to focus on self improvement. Patricia Patton finds that she's able to spend more time "practicing how to open my heart and mind to something new so that when I am sharing and serving others, I can do a better job." 

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    Bloggers like Andrea Katz also unplug in order to read content on the pages of a book rather than on a screen.

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    "Just being in the moment and enjoying my life" is a benefit that Hillary Chybinski finds to unplugging. It also allows us to enjoy the moment. Jennifer Quillen finds that "being completely disconnected allows me to fully appreciate the experience at hand." West Philly Mama, Sandra Telep feels that checking in, even with her phone, divides her attention. "I get more time with my family when I'm fully present."

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