Friday Begins National Day of Unplugging

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Could you go 24 hours without your cell phone, tablet or computer?

Many of us are hesitant to even let our phone outside of arm's reach.

"I use it the way traditional people use a land-line. I use it as a telephone. And I manage to survive. I manage to survive," said Hal Meyers, who lives in Staunton.

But being left to our own devices turns some people off.

"Face down, walking around on our devices, texting, checking their Facebook, checking their scores and their stats and their stocks. There isn't really an easy disconnect for that," said C.B. Bellerose, who lives in Staunton.

Now there's a movement to power down and recharge your own batteries.

I unplug to ______.

That is the question organizers of the National Day of Unplugging want you to answer.

They are trying to get you to think of the benefits of what you can do when you power down.

"You might notice that you're enjoying other things more," said Lisa Millette, a yoga instructor at the Staunton Yoga Co-op, who understands the value of some quiet time. "Being able to sit still, and recognize thoughts as thoughts, without judgment, and let your brain relax, recharge, kind of forget about the busy things that build up in our lives."

Even if you're only shutting down for one day.

The National Day of Unplugging starts Friday night at sundown and runs for 24 hours.


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