Take a Break

Unplug to Destress

Last updated:

May 04, 2011

As much as electronic gadgets help us multitask, they can also become time-suckers that lead us to squander downtime moments we didn't realize we had. That's how we wind up zoning in front of the TV all evening (watching something we don't even like) or flipping through Facebook for hours, and yet never feeling like we have time to ourselves.

Try starting with 15 "silent" minutes a day -- if it plugs in, unplug it or turn it off. You don't necessarily have to spend that time on yourself to feel like you've gained something. The quality of your interactions with others will seem deeper when you focus more on one another. And your psyche comes away refreshed without the chronic distraction of competing interests.

-- Paula Spencer Scott