October 15, 2012

weekly wellness | week 4: unplug

I have to admit: That whole "creature of habit" thing proved difficult to avoid throughout Week 3. I find a lot of comfort in routine, so stepping outside the box with my exercise patterns didn't come easily. The only method that worked? Writing it in my planner. As silly as that sounds, something about the act of writing it — then seeing it in print — made it feel mandatory.

How did you do with Week 3 of Weekly Wellness? Any challenges? Any tips? Any forms of exercise that you think we all need to try? And I'm curious: Are you holding onto past weeks' goals too?
Meanwhile, it's time to kick off Week 4 — one I've been worried about all along: Unplug.

I mean, let's get real here for a second. For one thing, the Internet is basically my job, which means I'm inevitably on the computer for at least nine hours a day. I also live far from my family and several of my closest friends, which calls for lots of Skype dates, FaceTime, emails, and text messages.

So I won't exactly be unplugging this week, but when I'm not at work, I'll definitely be skipping the more avoidable, unnecessary technologies. (I'm looking at you, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.) My goal for the week is to minimize my screen time in more ways than one. Radley and I have an awful habit of watching TV with our computers out — IMDB is our best friend — while also texting our friends, checking Instagram, or mindlessly following some other app on our cell phones. Yikes. Too much.

By the end of this week, at the very least, I'd love to become more aware of how often I turn to technology and how I can better fill that time. Truth is, I'm pretty thrilled by the thought of more books, more friend dates, more writing, and a lot less of the whole randomly-browsing thing. 

What's your plan of attack this week? Any technologies you're (really) nervous to give up?

5 comments:

Elsha Bodily said... [Reply to comment]

Same time every day and write myself reminders! That is the only way I can stay in track

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

I could never "unplug" my iPod! That being said, I turn to Facebook or Instagram during breaks from studying, when u really should be cooking, cleaning my apartment, or going for walks instead. I'm going to be extra cautious of how often I turn to technology this week--I'm hoping ill be able to fill in the Facebook periods with more productive, meaningful activities (like training for my 5k!) :) :)

Treasure Tromp said... [Reply to comment]

this is great. I really REALLY need to unplug but unfortunately find it so hard to do. bravo.

janinejackson said... [Reply to comment]

I'm loving these little weekly tasks.

With hydrate, I realised that I just don't drink enough water during the day (although I spent the whole week getting up to use the bathroom during the night!)

Resting was hard, I made the decision that I was going to switch off technology and go to bed early every night. I didn't like doing it and most of the time I was just lying in bed, wide awake for ages but I certainly felt like I had more energy during the day.

And with stretch, I tried both Pilates & Yoga for the first time ever and will continue to go back to both classes.

Switching off from technology is the trickiest task yet!

janinejackson said... [Reply to comment]

I'm loving these little weekly tasks.

With hydrate, I realised that I just don't drink enough water during the day (although I spent the whole week getting up to use the bathroom during the night!)

Resting was hard, I made the decision that I was going to switch off technology and go to bed early every night. I didn't like doing it and most of the time I was just lying in bed, wide awake for ages but I certainly felt like I had more energy during the day.

And with stretch, I tried both Pilates & Yoga for the first time ever and will continue to go back to both classes.

Switching off from technology is the trickiest task yet!