Hopefully, you are reading The Hawk Eye early this morning so you can participate in the “national” day that is being observed today — National Day of Unplugging.
I’m not sure who came up with this idea. It officially started last night at sundown and continues through sundown today. The gist of it is to take a break from technology and unplug, unwind, relax and do things other than using today’s technology, electronics, and social media, according to what I read on nationaldaycalendar.com.
Let’s brainstorm on what is out there to do if we unplug.
Take a walk! As I’m writing this article on Monday, I checked my weather app for today, and it doesn’t sound like a very good day to walk outside. So, bring it inside by getting out of the elements (snow possibility and wind) and head into Westland Mall. It is a nice flat surface and plenty of room for you and a buddy to get your steps in.
If the weather doesn’t turn out like it was forecast and is nicer than expected, pick up a kite to fly — you’re never too old. Plan a spring scavenger hunt for your kids or grandkids. Who can see the first robin? Who can find the first flowers sprouting up? Get some sidewalk chalk and write your name where others will see it or draw some hopscotch squares.
Plan a spring cleaning day. Make it a family project — hit the garage, basement and everything else that needs some sprucing up over the long winter. It doesn’t sound too glamorous or fun, but when you’re done, you will be glad you took on the challenge and will feel a sense of accomplishment.
Check out your bike. Soon, I promise, it will be bicycling weather, and you will want to be outside pedaling. If you are knowledgeable, do it yourself. If you would rather have someone else tune it up, take it to a local bike shop.
Check the local calendar about possible 5K runs that are being advertised in the area. If you have been a couch potato most of the winter, plan your strategy on how you can accomplish this feat. Set up a mini circuit training course around your house — triceps dips using the piano bench, up and down the stairs a few times, biceps curls holding soup cans and wall push-ups.
Unplugging for a day doesn’t have to be all about exercising. Your mental and social wellness is very important to your health, too. Here are some suggestions.
Find a quiet place to do a little meditation. Take advantage of our wonderful library by searching for a peaceful area to start a new book or to catch up on some magazines that you’ve been meaning to read.
If you haven’t recycled Sunday’s issue of The Hawk Eye yet, check out local activities that are happening today. Support local businesses and organizations. Try something totally different than your usual hobbies or activities. Help a friend with a project.
Today also happens to be national “Get Over it Day." Connect with someone you have had a disagreement with and talk things out. Rid yourself of any grudges you have been feeling and take a look at your priorities and re-evaluate.
Give unplugging a try, even if it is just for part of the day. You might discover it feels good to be disconnected and try to do it more often. Turn things off and turn yourself on to something new. You will be glad you did.
Julie Kirk is a fitness instructor at Great River Health Fitness. Her column appears in Currents the second Friday of each month.