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Unplug and Pay Your Body Back™ This Holiday

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Take advantage of a few days off from your regular routine to unplug and let your body catch up with all you ask it to do!

Most of us use some sort of electronic devices to stay connected. These days one hand-held device can allow you to take calls, send e-mail, update your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter status, surf the net and text you pals.

But I ask you this… Do you NEED to be that connected all the time?

Dr. Joanne Cantor, author of Conquer CyberOverload has spent years researching the brain and tells us constant connection squashes our creativity and increases our stress. Dr. Cantor’s book has fascinating information and concrete examples why your brain can’t really multitask. I strongly suggest you get her book and find out how to reduce your stress and increase your productivity by managing your connection to the cyber-world.

In the meantime, why not take advantage of the break in your routine to unplug a bit? You may be surprised how calm and focused you’ll feel! It is a great way to Pay Your Body Back™ for a year of crazy connectivity!

How to unplug:

Wear real jewelry in place of your Blue-Tooth: While it may feel like a part of your ear, remove it. It may be pretty, it may be expensive, but it isn’t jewelry and doesn’t belong at the holiday dinner table or family gathering.

Replace “Facebook” with face-time: As tempting as it may be, when you sit down to a meal or a conversation, don’t engage you gadgets. You may think you can participate in a conversation or meal and text at the same time – but you can’t. Unless you are on-call, leave your gadgets in your pocket – or better yet, turn them off. Your digestive system and dining companions will thank you. Social interaction is essential to good health, as is paying attention to what you eat.

Do something with your hands: Finding it hard to disengage? Find a way to distract yourself. Bake cookies, help set the table, make a craft, read a book, hold a child, play a board game… anything to keep your hands off the gadget! Refrain from texting, updating your status or sending emails.

Get outside: Interacting with nature, even for 10 minutes, lowers stress and calms the body.

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