We spend so much time connected to our devices that we almost need a reason to put them down. Well, we have a reason for you! National Unplug Day occurs on the first Friday of March and from sunrise to sundown you are supposed to stay unplugged in order to find other (more meaningful) ways to spend your time. We realize this can be a challenge for many (us included) but we encourage you to find creative ways to spend time away from your devices and out in the world. Here are a few ideas for how to celebrate National Unplug Day:
Go for a walk, have a picnic, or find a park and throw a frisbee around with your dog for awhile. Whatever you decide to do outdoors, just be sure to stay away from technology. Nature is proven to increase happiness and promote mental wellness, so do yourself a favor and allow nature to work its magic. The Shenandoah Valley has so many beautiful trails so take advantage of this gorgeous region of the country and stretch your legs on a trail. Click here to see a few of our favorite trails!
Start Your Spring Cleaning.
Spring is around the corner – can you believe it? You know what that means…it’s spring cleaning time. This can actually be a very therapeutic exercise when done properly. Go through your closet and put your winter coats in storage to clear up some space. Donate old clothes and books to your local shelter. When you have cleared your living space, you will have cleared your mind too! It is an amazing practice and one we encourage you to try and do, especially when you have all the time in the world since you won’t be distracted by any of your devices.
It is very easy to get wrapped up in the business of our lives, but there are so many people (and animals) in need of some TLC year-round. Pick one of your favorite organizations and spend some time volunteering today. Visit an animal shelter to socialize with animals who don’t receive much love. Volunteer your time at a soup kitchen or make some gift bags to give to sick children in a hospital. You could also volunteer at a local museum such as The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Learn how to become a volunteer for them here!
Enjoy a nice meal with an old friend.
Do you have any friends you haven’t seen in awhile? Don’t bother liking and commenting on their Facebook posts today, meet up with them face-to-face over a nice meal! Catch up in real life, not your digital lives, and spend some time reminiscing, gossiping, and laughing. Treat yourself to some Italian at Violino’s or some Chinese food at Chinatown in Winchester if you are in the area.
These are just a handful of suggestions for how to spend your day unplugged and engaged with your community! What suggestions do you have for how to celebrate National Unplug Day? Do you really think you can stay away from your devices? We’d love to know!