Unplug to Recharge

Unplug to RechargeMost moms I know, whether moms of babies or moms of teenagers, are burned out. They are burning the candle at both ends. Moms have always been busy but now we fill every spare second with technology. We are addicted to our phone, facebook and the such. We need to recharge.

Our addiction to smart phones is associated with everything from car accidents to train accidents, from family dysfunction to work problems.  At Stroller Strides, every employee is suggested to take an Unplugged Day.  Each employee should take one day off a month and literally unplug their phones, email, texting, skype, instant messaging, etc.  I believe that new ideas will come when we create a little space for them.

Try an Unplugged day for yourself or your family. As a mom, we are not concentrating on our kids when we are scrolling through our facebook posts.  It’s hard to stop… I know! So I ask myself,

Do I want my child to text and drive? 
Do I want my child to take calls at dinner? 
Do I want my child to be on Facebook when doing homework?

No? Then we better curb our actions now because they are watching and learning. They are being raised in this tech-connected age so it will be much harder for them to escape.

Me? I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Linked In, etc. But in my heart, I know that we all need to UNPLUG from time to time!

Need to recharge? Here are 100 ways without technology!

  1. Yoga
  2. Visit the produce isle at the grocery store
  3. Talk on the phone to your best friend
  4. Any kind of pampering
  5. Write a letter
  6. 5 minutes of yoga breathing
  7. Upbeat music
  8. Meditation
  9. Brisk outdoor walk
  10. Doodle
  11. Journal
  12. Any hobby from sewing to reading
  13. A mug of herbal tea
  14. A hug from your kids
  15. Good friends, great wine, fabulous conversation
  16. Massage
  17. Conscious breathing
  18. Get your hair done
  19. Cook
  20. Bake
  21. Dance
  22. Take a bubble bath
  23. Get  nails done
  24. Give yourself a pedicure
  25. Give yourself a facial
  26. Workout
  27. Go for a hike
  28. Give. Find a way to do something nice for someone else.
  29. Charity
  30. Garden
  31. Buy fresh flowers
  32. Pet an animal
  33. Go to a farmers market
  34. Read the bible (or whatever spiritual reading you choose)
  35. Go to the beach
  36. Go to a lake
  37. Swim
  38. Be in nature
  39. Listen to a favorite CD
  40. Read an inspiring quote
  41. Write poetry
  42. Scrapbook
  43. Paint
  44. Draw
  45. Get organized
  46. Put on something sexy
  47. Get your hair done
  48. Play a game
  49. Volunteer
  50. Stretch
  51. Learn something new
  52. Have a girls night
  53. Have a girls weekend
  54. Connect with a girlfriend
  55. Have a one on one date with any member of your family
  56. Light a candle
  57. Give a gift to someone just because
  58. Eat clean foods
  59. Try a new workout
  60. Play a sport
  61. Play an instrument
  62. Read a magazine
  63. Laugh
  64. Be quiet
  65. Look through old pictures
  66. Go for a drive
  67. Go on a vacation
  68. Go to a museum
  69. Sit by a fireplace
  70. Sit in a hot tub
  71. Wine tasting
  72. Get something done that you have put off
  73. Have your feet rubbed
  74. Take a mommy “time out”
  75. Watch an inspirational video
  76. Go to a movie in the middle of the day
  77. Go away by yourself
  78. Float on a raft in the pool
  79. Blog
  80. Walk your dog
  81. Go to church or temple
  82. Pray
  83. Conscious breathing
  84. Aromatherapy
  85. Put on a good smelling lotion
  86. Put cucumber on your eyes
  87. Make yourself spa water (with cucumber or mint)
  88. Go to a comedy club
  89. Play in the snow
  90. Organize a drawer or closet
  91. Help someone else
  92. Cuddle with a favorite blanket
  93. Talk to spouse with no tv, phone or interruptions
  94. Have an orgasm
  95. Salt scrub and exfoliate body
  96. Get rid of clutter
  97. Sit and enjoy a cup of tea or a cup of coffee
  98. Stay in pajamas all day just because
  99. Listen to the ocean
  100. Take the time to enjoy your family


Lisa Druxman

Lisa Druxman is the creator of Fit 4 Mom. She is a nationally recognized speaker, author and highly regarded expert in the field of pre/postnatal fitness.

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