October 23, 2012

weekly wellness | week 5: boost

So far, last week's "unplugging" project proved to be my favorite — in disconnecting, I felt more connected than ever. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, I'd look around (what a feat, I know) and actually engage with my surroundings. It was shocking to realize how often I pick up my phone, though; I couldn't believe what a crutch it had become. By the end of the week, I welcomed the silence and stopped trying to fill it.

Here's how I did it:
1. I turned off the push notifications for email, Instagram, and Facebook.
2. I allotted a certain amount of computer time each day. (And somehow, actually stuck to it.)
3. I carried a notebook and kept my mind active by writing rather than browsing. 

Did you have similar results? How did it feel to unplug? Any tips or tricks to share?
Now, for Week 5 of Weekly Wellness, it's all about focusing on the good stuff and giving your diet a boost. For me, it's as simple as eating vegetables. Little changes matter, and can sometimes lead to bigger, better changes. My idea? Be sure to eat at least three vegetables each day, and by focusing on the veggies, hopefully a few more positive habits will fall into line.

How do you plan to improve your diet? What will you be your focus this week?

You can keep up with our three-month project by following the conversation here, on Meg's blog, and on Twitter and Instagram — Use the hashtag #WeeklyWellness to join our dialogue!


Niken said... [Reply to comment]

i don't have a problem with unplugging. i'm not a fan of social media, except for blog because it enables me to write. i barely ever open my fb and i don't tweet. i also don't have problem with living without phone cell except when i'm working.

Jeneric Generation said... [Reply to comment]

I have gotten a lot better about disconnecting from my screen, I think. Once I start to move away, it just feels too good to enjoy real life more! Turning off my push notifications was key for me. Have you ever read Hamlet's Blackberry? It is eye-opening.

Also, as far as diet, this week I have started the morning off with a half lemon squeezed into a glass of water. Before coffee or breakfast. It has been so energizing and refreshing! I need to eat more vegetables, though...

Great series. :)

Jenn said... [Reply to comment]

Even though I sometimes feel behind the times, I am really glad I don't have a smart phone yet. It allows me to disconnect more easily since I can't carry around the internet or my e-mail with me without bringing my laptop around and hauling it out all the time. I find the amount of time we as a society spend connected and on electronic devices a bit worrisome because it seems that sometimes even when people are together they are busy with something else. My parents told me that when one of their friends got a cell phone many, many years ago and he hauled out the brick and put in on the table while they were out to dinner, they were confused as to why he would need to be available for a call while he was already out with all his friends. Nowadays sometimes people get together and all pull out their phones and interact with others away from the group they are currently with. I like the idea of disconnecting more and getting away from the pull of technology.

Anyway, I really love the weekly wellness idea and the concept of breaking down an overall wellness goal into manageable weekly tasks.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said... [Reply to comment]

Great to read your experiences of disconnecting. I totally disconnected from technology for 10 days during the summer and it felt amazing - such a treat!

HomeSweetDenver said... [Reply to comment]

I saw Radley with pizza for lunch :) I'm guessing he opted out of the wellness diet for the week...