Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!Happy Early Summer (officially begins on June 21)!
We are at the six-month mark of 2013. Have you taken time to stop and reflect on what you have been feeling, doing, and experiencing in the past six months? If the answer is no, maybe, or I don’t know, then join the Summer 2013 Digital Sisterhood Unplugged (#DSUnplugged) Weekends. The first one kicks off on June 22 and 23. If you are looking for guidance on how to get started, read the list of suggestions and reflective questions below.
1) Take a pause for the cause right here and right now. Go on and breathe deeply. Yes, take some time now to breathe deeply seven times. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Feel free to make a soft or loud sound of “ha” when you exhale.
2) Now that you have taken your deep breaths, continue breathing in and out through your nose as you look at the photos below and answer the questions silently or out loud.
- Are you a digital multi-tasker?
- How often do you talk on your smartphone in between working on your iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer a lot?
- How much time are you connected to your digital devices during your day and week?
- How many minutes or hours do you spend sitting each day and week?
- Are you very attached to your digital devices (always in your hands)?
- Do you feel off balanced, overwhelmed and ready to throw up your hands and let out a scream, out of energy, or pulled in many directions after being online?
- Do you have a regular self-care practice?
3) Taking a break or unplugging from your digital life and to-do lists may be just the thing you need to do to relax, recharge, reflect, and enjoy your summer. That’s why Digital Sisterhood Network is inviting you to participate in the #DSUnplugged Weekends on June 22 and 23, July 20 and 21, and August 24 and 25. We created #DSUnplugged Weekends to encourage women to slow down and take a break from their digital lives and electronic devices once a month. The break could be 30 minutes, an hour, a half-day, a full day, or an entire weekend. It’s up to each woman to choose and commit to a timeframe that works best for her. If you’d like to join us, check out the list of resources and photo activity suggestions below. Also, use the #DSUnplugged hashtag to share your plans, comments, and questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
4) One last thing! When you unplug from your digital life and to-do lists (even if it is for five minutes each week), you become a Flowista. A Flowista is a woman who unplugs from her digital life and tech devices for periods of time so she can recharge and take care of herself; and encourages women to unplug from their digital lives by incorporating mindfulness and self-care practices.
#DSUnplugged Weekend Resources
- Digital Warriorship by Gwen Bell (2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Flowista)
- Tricycle article about Digital Warriorship by Gwen Bell
- Christie Glascoe Crowder’s “Going Off the Grid” – Planning and (Surviving) a Digital Sabbatical article on TypeAParent.com
- WAMH.com’s How to Unplug from Your Digital Life article
- Danielle LaPorte’s tips on taking a digital hiatus
- Femmenation.com’s How to Get Socially Fat by Going on a Digital Diet by Kris Parfitt
- It’s Time for a Digital Sabbatical by Courtney Carver
- Enrich Your Life – Go on a Digital Sabbatical by Prime Sarmiento
- Digital Sabbatical by Warrior Dave
- Step Away From the Smartphone: How to Go on a Digital Diet by Barbara Findlay Schenck
- USTATODAY.com’s Five readers go on digital diet, and live to write about it by Olivia Barker
- WashingtonPost.com’s The Digital Diet: How to break free of your smartphone and other gadgets by Daniel Sieberg
- 31 Days of Spring-Cleaning: Go on a Digital Diet by Kristy Korcz
- CNN.com’s Does life online give you ‘popcorn brain’? by Elizabeth Cohen
- Really Know Yourself by Making a Date with Yourself by Dr. Zeena Merchant-Syal (2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Flowista)
- GentleLivingOnline.com’s 25 Self-Care Tips for the Body & Soul
- HealthyYouNow.com’s Black Women’s Guide for Better Self-Care
- NewLatina.com’s Taking Care of the Whole You by Angelica Perez
- Dr. Oz’s Self Care and Balance article on Oprah.com
- PsychologyToday.com’s 17 Self-Care Tips from the Experts
- PsychCentral.com’s 3 Self-Care Strategies to Transform Your Life
- Cheryl Richardson’s The Art of Extreme Self-Care book and web site
#DSUnplugged Weekend Photo Activity Suggestions
Special Invitation for Washington, D.C. Area Residents:
If you are in the D.C. area on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m., join Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke, a registered yoga teacher, for a free kind and gentle yoga class (30 minutes) in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park. Click here for details. Also, sign up for Ananda’s free 30 minute yoga classes in the park (June – November).