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February 28, 2019

Trying to Unplug by Disengaging and Reconnecting

As a parent, you no doubt have had more than one heated conflict with your child over his or her obsessive use of technology. As a mom or dad, you clearly see the need for your child to disengage at times from social media, gaming and random, endless internet searching and surfing, according to Dannie De Novo, mom, life coach and author of the new book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There.

“But as a parent, you need to recognize the equally-important need to self-remove yourself at times from technology,” Dannie advises. “Now look, there a lot of experts out there advocating for the need to unplug. And, I don’t necessarily disagree with them, but I also happen to really like unplugging. Once you can get yourself through that separation anxiety from your smart phone and over your initial FOMO twitch, you probably will find that you get a lot out of unplugging. The research on the psychological benefits of doing so cannot be ignored.”

However, for many, completely unplugging for prolonged periods of time isn’t practical or prudent. “Personally, I needed to come up with a different way to unplug more often without pulling the power cord,” Dannie says. “I found the means to disengage from the world and reconnect with myself through meditation. I meditate every day. It has become a non-negotiable part of my day—more important than coffee or cosmetics. Meditation reigns supreme in my little world.”

Scientific research has shown that just by taking a few moments every day to check in and focus on clearing your mind of needless noise, you can reduce stress, anxiety and even depression, Dannie adds. It is a drug-free, cost-effective and simple way to establish balance in your life and elevate your mood. It helps with creativity and innovation. It is also the best way to connect with yourself on a much higher plane than any digital technology could ever allow for, she continues.

However, instead of forcing you to turn off the tech entirely, I would rather encourage you to connect on a different level. So, here are 3 tips to help you learn the skill of meditation and hopefully incorporate it into your daily habits.

Tip #1 Yes, you need to find some quiet time

You can’t listen closely to what is going on inside of you if there is a lot of other noise around you. Find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. Leave your tech in a different room. You will survive the quiet for the 10 or 20 minutes it takes to allow yourself the space to connect within.

Tip #2 Turn your focus inward

Keep it simple to start. Your goal is to connect with yourself, so focus on yourself. The easiest way to do this is to focus on your breath. Focus on what is going on inside of you.

Place one hand on your heart and other hand on your abdomen. Feel your chest and stomach rise and fall with each breath. Feel the rhythm of each heartbeat. Take a few moments just to feel those cycles over and over again.

Tip #3 Connect

Meditation is more about listening to what your thoughts and emotions are trying to tell you. Meditation is about connecting on a higher level and listening to your inner guidance.

When you first start meditating, that guidance may feel absent. It may feel that way for a while. But it will come, if you continue to connect and listen.

So, give meditation a try. You have nothing to lose, including your smart phone, and everything to gain. Maybe you can even get your kids to try it.

About the Author: Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. She spends her days finding ways to help those who aren’t experiencing the most fulfilling version of their lives. Her greatest job and joy is serving as mom to an amazing beacon of light and hope, her daughter, Carson. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com

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As a parent, you no doubt have had more than one heated conflict with your child over his or her obsessive use of technology. As a mom or dad, you clearly see the need for your child to disengage at times from social media, gaming and random, endless internet searching and surfing, according to Dannie De Novo, mom, life coach and author of the new book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There.

“But as a parent, you need to recognize the equally-important need to self-remove yourself at times from technology,” Dannie advises. “Now look, there a lot of experts out there advocating for the need to unplug. And, I don’t necessarily disagree with them, but I also happen to really like unplugging. Once you can get yourself through that separation anxiety from your smart phone and over your initial FOMO twitch, you probably will find that you get a lot out of unplugging. The research on the psychological benefits of doing so cannot be ignored.”

However, for many, completely unplugging for prolonged periods of time isn’t practical or prudent. “Personally, I needed to come up with a different way to unplug more often without pulling the power cord,” Dannie says. “I found the means to disengage from the world and reconnect with myself through meditation. I meditate every day. It has become a non-negotiable part of my day—more important than coffee or cosmetics. Meditation reigns supreme in my little world.”

Scientific research has shown that just by taking a few moments every day to check in and focus on clearing your mind of needless noise, you can reduce stress, anxiety and even depression, Dannie adds. It is a drug-free, cost-effective and simple way to establish balance in your life and elevate your mood. It helps with creativity and innovation. It is also the best way to connect with yourself on a much higher plane than any digital technology could ever allow for, she continues.

However, instead of forcing you to turn off the tech entirely, I would rather encourage you to connect on a different level. So, here are 3 tips to help you learn the skill of meditation and hopefully incorporate it into your daily habits.

Tip #1 Yes, you need to find some quiet time

You can’t listen closely to what is going on inside of you if there is a lot of other noise around you. Find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. Leave your tech in a different room. You will survive the quiet for the 10 or 20 minutes it takes to allow yourself the space to connect within.

Tip #2 Turn your focus inward

Keep it simple to start. Your goal is to connect with yourself, so focus on yourself. The easiest way to do this is to focus on your breath. Focus on what is going on inside of you.

Place one hand on your heart and other hand on your abdomen. Feel your chest and stomach rise and fall with each breath. Feel the rhythm of each heartbeat. Take a few moments just to feel those cycles over and over again.

Tip #3 Connect

Meditation is more about listening to what your thoughts and emotions are trying to tell you. Meditation is about connecting on a higher level and listening to your inner guidance.

When you first start meditating, that guidance may feel absent. It may feel that way for a while. But it will come, if you continue to connect and listen.

So, give meditation a try. You have nothing to lose, including your smart phone, and everything to gain. Maybe you can even get your kids to try it.

About the Author: Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. She spends her days finding ways to help those who aren’t experiencing the most fulfilling version of their lives. Her greatest job and joy is serving as mom to an amazing beacon of light and hope, her daughter, Carson. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com

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