Sunday, June 24, 2018

How to: Unplug & Enjoy Life


In the world we live in today, everybody is either glued to their cell phones, the TV, the computer and tablets like Android or an IPad. What ever happened to making eye contact with your friends instead of texting the person who is right in front of you? Or going outside and getting some fresh air for yourself? I once watched an episode of Grown-ish starring Yara Shahidi called "Erase Your Social" and in that particular episode, everybody was obsessed with their gadgets. And yes, even Zoey Johnson was one of them. It's like they couldn't put their phones down for one minute. They were trying to see which one could get the most likes on social media or which one was more active on social media. Now, I'm not saying that you can't talk on the phone or text or get on the computer at all. That is not what I'm telling you guys to do. You can still do all of that stuff, but you need to be balanced with it. It's time for all of us, including me, to take a break from technology and just enjoy life again. Because in this society, you're only live once. So, here are the 7 things that you can do to 'unplug':

1. Go For A Walk.

Put your clothes on and go outside to take a 10 or 30 minute walk around the neighborhood either by yourself or with a friend. This is all a part of exercise and we need to start taking better care of our health. Take some small snacks with you like trail mix or a granola bar and don't forget to drink plenty of water. You have to stay hydrated after you have just finished walking for the day.

2. Plant A Garden.

Have you ever thought about planting your garden and growing your own fruits and vegetables? Well, now you can. Just go to your local store and look for the seeds and plants in the gardening section. You can also go to Amazon and purchase some books on how to start a garden like "Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started: The Essential Handbook or "Vegetable Gardening for Dummies".

Here are the links for you to buy these books that I mentioned:

3. Read a Book.

Ah, there is nothing like reading a good book to yourself every once in a while. I sometimes like to read a book before I go to bed. Reading is good for your mind and is very relaxing for when you need something to calm you down. 

4. Play Some Board Games with Friends & Family.

Try playing some board games like Scrabble or Monopoly with your friends or family. This will be perfect for game night with your peers. Not only are you having fun, but you are also giving your brain a workout when doing so.

Here are the links to buy Scrabble, Monopoly and along with some other games on Amazon:

5. Start Eating at the Dinner Table with Family.

Some teenagers don't eat dinner at the table with their families. It's about time that we change that. Let's start having a no-phone zone at the table so that way you can communicate with your family more. Tell them about your day or even tell a funny joke just to break the ice a little bit.

6. Learn How to Play an Instrument.

Do you have a instrument like a guitar, keyboard or even a flute? Have you ever thought about taking music lessons from a music teacher? I think that you should go and do just that. Set up some lessons with a teacher or you can just go to YouTube and learn how to play a guitar or the piano. Hey, if you're using the internet, you might as well use it to help you learn something new.

7. Taking On a New Hobby.

Learn a new language like Spanish or French. Or try taking some dance or acting classes. Trying a new hobby is good for you because you can go out and do something that you love to do in the world. Whatever you decide to do is totally up to you.

And that's it. Thank you so much for reading. I wouldn't be blogging as much as anymore because I'm taking a break for blogging every day. So, I will be posting different articles on certain days of the month. I hope that you guys understand that I need time to think and also time to unplug from my computer. Thank you for understanding and I will talk to you guys soon.

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