Do you feel tired and overwhelmed with technology? I know I do. Ever since the computer officially made its way into my home and brought Internet along, life has morphed into a whole new experience, multiplying my brain activity tenfold and decreasing my physical activity proportionally.
If I add to that stress, over-working, long hours of commuting, too much TV and I believe that I will have painted the life-size portrait of the typical dwellers of the Western world.
Now imagine you you had a day devoted to relaxing. And I don’t mean sipping tea in front of the TV. I mean a real, slow, old-fashioned day away from it all. What would you do? How would you spend it?
If these questions have caught your fancy, here is an idea. The guys over at Reboot – a network of writers, filmmakers, artists and media professionals who work toward a common goal to bring back the moments of peaceful rest in our fast-paced modern life – have initiated National Unplug Day, which this year will be observed from sundown of March 23rd till sundown of March 24th.
Yes, this could be your legitimate excuse for not replying to your emails because if you devote to the National day of unplugging and sign the Unplugging Pledge, there are 10 commandments which you are advised to follow. They are not mandatory but rather worked as a guide for those seeking to regain peace of mind:
- Avoid technology
- Connect with your loved ones
- Nurture your health
- Get outside
- Avoid commerce
- Light Candles
- Drink wine
- Eat bread
- Find silence
- Give back
As you can see, the ten commandments of unplugging are simple ideas that will help you unwind and get in touch with yourself and your loved ones. Of course, one out of 364 days will not change much but hopefully it will give you a taste of what it was before hectic life became the norm and you will seek to incorporate serenity in your lifestyle.
Take the Unplugging Pledge and avoid technology for 24 hours on March 24th. Who knows, maybe an exciting green idea will dawn on you once you get your mind away from the fast-paced nightmare you call your everyday.