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Relax Already: Disconnect, Unplug, and Chill Out

I love my Blackberry and my laptop, they make working so convenient. I check my e-mail during my morning commutes. I write on my subway ride home. I make phone calls walking to my house. I honestly don't have time to decompress before I walk through the front door to begin my life as a mom. Did I write, "I don't have time?" I did, but it should really read, "I don't make the time to decompress." Cell phones have changed the way Americans live their lives after they leave the office. You can always be reached and you can always check your e-mail, or surf the web. It is difficult to chill out when it is so hard to stop working. Your work can just follow you home in your pocket.

Here's a thought - create some boundaries with your technology (I know I am trying to). Turn off the cell phone. Close the laptop. If you have a land line, take the phone off the hook. While you are at it, turn off the television too.

Now...light a candle and take a bath. Read a book. Catch up on all those back issues of the New Yorker that are piled up next to your bed. Go totally old fashioned and write a letter to your best friend living out of state. Put on some mellow music and stretch for half an hour. Just chill out. Don't be afraid if life feels too quiet at first. You will acclimate to the slower pace in 20 minutes, and hopefully you will relax.

I think of a night unplugged from my electronics like a mini vacation. Ahhhh....just thinking about it I can feel my heart rate slowing down.

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JKe895 JKe895 10 years
I have to do this about once a week or I loose my mind. The only thing that I can't do is turn off my phone because I'm always on call.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I tried this one Saturday. We didn't use any power or anything from sun up to sun down and it was amazing! We walked the dog, had non-refrigerated food and just enjoyed the day and real human contact. We plan to do it again!
muchacha muchacha 10 years
Thanks for Posting!!
SU3 SU3 10 years
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i love my old job you were made to feel guilty if you werent available 24/7 and i had a HUGE pile of new yorkers piled up :)
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