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August 2014
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After having come back from a family holiday with friends, it was interesting to observe the mix of who did & didn't 'connect online'. Some wanted to stay as far away as possible from Wi-Fi, whilst others were constantly seeking it out. It made me reflect on how we rely so much on the internet and our connection to social media, news, etc., etc. It's very hard to stay away from it, but you see how addictive it is and how we may miss out on life as we're staring at our handheld devices. Do you think you could take a tech detox?

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Take A Tech Detox

For one day a year each March, members from the nonprofit organization "Reboot" urge people to join them in observing the National Day of Unplugging.

From sundown to sundown during this 24-hour period, participants take a tech detox—a time-out from using anything that connects people to the electronic world. Thus, all devices such as computers, cell phones, laptops, iPods, tablets and Kindles are taboo, as are email and social media.

Today's world is so hectic for many of us that taking a short break from technology is unthinkable but it makes good sense and can be therapeutic.

Being constantly connected in cyberspace, for instance, can become highly addictive. According to, "An AOL study found that 59 percent of PDA users check their inboxes every time a message arrives."

So why not give the tech timeout a try for just one day? If you start feeling withdrawal symptoms from just thinking about not accessing any of your gadgets, here are the 10 simple principles of the annual celebration:

1. Avoid technology.
2. Connect with loved ones.
3. Nurture your health.
4. Get outside.
5. Avoid commerce.
6. Light candles.
7. Drink a glass of wine.
8. Eat bread.
9. Find silence.
10. Give back.

As a participant of the National Day of Unplugging, you can customize the time off to suit your own needs and lifestyle. For instance, if candles and wine are not to your liking, consider a yoga class, meditation, taking a hike or a nap. It's a great opportunity to engage in face-to-face connections with neighbors, friends or family.

Creating TRUE Connection

It seems that the more plugged-in we become to the electronic world, the less we engage in real-life encounters with loved ones—and ourselves.

Instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School, clinical psychologist and author Dr. Craig Malkin says that technology actually makes some people afraid of intimacy. He refers to these folks as "the cybercelibate"—people who, he says, "shut out not only friendship, but even romance and physical intimacy, in favor of the rush that comes with online connection and gaming thrills."

Unplugging for just one day (or more?) will slow down the pace of your life and help you feel connected to those things that nourish your health and well-being.

Author's content used with permission, © Claire Communications

Claire Palmer is a highly experienced and accredited executive and career coach, and coach supervisor. She is passionate about her clients being fulfilled and successful in their careers.

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Senior Leaders and Professionals who want to develop stronger leadership skills and move forward in their careers

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I am based in the south-east of the UK with my family -- Graham and our three children, plus a 'mad' dog and Max the cat. I enjoy being outdoors, exercise -- walking, yoga, running, skiing -- and connecting with friends, plus good food and wine. A holiday combining some of these is my ideal!
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