Put Down The Phone And Step Away: Try Unplugging

RaiseTry Unplugging your hand if you feel uncomfortable when you can’t check your phone every five minutes?  How about if you have to turn it off?  If you go a day without checking Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/whatever social media site?

Don’t worry if you raised your hand and kept it up there, you’re in good company.  Most of us have a hard time getting away from our TV, phone, or computer screens for longer than a few minutes.  I’m just as guilty as the rest of you.  As a blogger, I spend an inordinate amount of time writing and researching posts, putting things up on all of my social media accounts and browsing the enormous amount of cat pictures online.  Ok, that last one really doesn’t have anything to do with blogging but you get the idea.

Try Unplugging

As a culture, we are enamored with the instant gratuity that social media provides us.  It feels good to post a picture on Instagram and have 20 likes in the first 5 minutes.  I love hearing my phone ping with a notification that someone favorited my last tweet.  It makes me feel important worthy, like I’m doing my job as a health blogger right.

Try Unplugging

While that’s somewhat true, if no one liked or read my stuff I would be pretty ineffective, it’s also a little counterintuitive.  Being healthy doesn’t mean spending all my time trapped behind a screen and in the online world.  We need to get away from the glow of our phones and laptops and televisions and out into the world of people and natural light.

I recently noticed that some of my best work for my blog came when I was actually away from it.  Every day I try to take an afternoon walk.  It helps break up my day of sitting and gives me a chance to not be working.  While out on these walks I don’t have my phone to tell me there is a new notification on Facebook or my laptop refreshing with new emails.

It’s just me and the great outdoors.

Try Unplugging

It clears my head and I can actually come up with some awesome ideas for the blog.  Sometimes I compose whole posts while out on my morning run or solve a problem that I have been struggling with for the past few hours while I’m strolling by the lake.

Technology is great, don’t get me wrong.  I love being able to reach a big audience and have my words and thoughts make an impact all while I’m sitting in my pajamas.  But don’t forget there is so much more out there than getting more followers or retweets.  Try unplugging yourself for just a few minutes each day.  Just 20 minutes where you don’t look at any technology.

Go outside

Take a walk

Read a book

Get coffee with a friend

And don’t post one picture of you doing it on Instagram.  You’ll be more productive for taking a short media break and the internet and slew of cat memes will be waiting for you when you get back.

Try Unplugging

There is a whole world waiting for you to find it, all you have to do is put down the phone and look around.

A Culture Of Shame






We are living in a culture of all kinds of shame.  If there is something out there, I bet there is some form of shame attached to it.  I don’t want to start your Monday off on a downer, but I feel like this is something I want to address.


Social media is a great and terrible thing.

I love being able to share my life and thoughts with you through my blog, Instagram, and Facebook.  It’s an amazing way to be able to connect with people I never would have been able to before.  It let’s me help you with your healthy journey by sharing my own health experiences.  I can also share the funny and goofy and adorable things that go on in my life, mostly involving Olaf my cat.  It’s great.


But there is a dark side to social media.  The thought that is always in the back of my mind before I post something.  Is this good enough?  Is this relevant?  Is this offensive?  Is this going to open me up to criticism?  I see all this shaming going on and it affects what I decide to put up or not.  Because of my past struggles with self-esteem and body image issues, I’m always slightly nervous when I put a piece of me out there.  The minute I hit publish or send that image or thought or post is no longer mine, it’s the world.  It’s terrifying.

I wish we could live in a culture of unwavering support instead of one of shame.  So many amazing and strong people are constantly bashed for the way they look or the things we do.  Someone posts a before and after picture of their weight loss transform and the comments start flowing in of how they’ve lost too much weight or they looked better before or they still have a long way to go to have the perfect body.  Someone tweets the dessert they enjoyed on their birthday and suddenly they’re bombarded with comments from the health nazis.


I posted this video from Blogilates creator, Cassey.  If you haven’t seen it, please watch it because I believe it really shows what it’s like to put yourself out there and try to help others but be brought crashing down by all the shaming and negativity out there.

I can’t fix this problem with one post.  I can draw awareness to it though, and maybe cause you to think about what you are saying to people.  Is the comment you’re about to post one of support or judgement?  Are you encouraging the people around you who are doing their best and accomplishing amazing things?  Or are you contributing to this culture of shame?

One positive comment can do a lot to help drown out the noise of negative comments.  Today offer support instead of shame and help change the way we share with the world.