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7 Easy Ways to Disconnect on National Unplugging Day

Unplugging: Nutrition Stripped

I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot about about health and wellness as it relates to technology. While technology can make our lives 10x easier, the way we use it can also cause a great deal of stress. But, the idea of completely unplugging in a hyperconnected world can be daunting, and sometimes unrealistic. How are we going to work or get in touch with our kids, our parents, our friends, or even our dogs?! National Day of Unplugging has…

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7 Apps to Help You Find Calm During the Holidays

mindfulness apps

While the holidays are most often associated with feelings of happiness, I believe there can sometimes be too much of a good thing. Celebrating for days in a crowded house with dozens of family members, overindulging in one too many meals, not having any time to yourself… before you know it, you’re stressed out during the most wonderful time of the year. And no one wants that. But there are some simple ways you can carve out a few minutes of…

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Surrogate

social media

You and your family went to Maine on vacation. If I “like” your seaside posts on Facebook, does that mean we connected about it? If I double-tap the Instagram pic you took at a concert and leave a comment, is that a proxy for you sharing your experience with me over coffee? Lately, I’ve seen a few people I was excited to catch up with. When I began to share things I’d been up to, they interrupted with, “I’m totally…

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Freedom

Jasper Johns Flags Freedom

I’m thinking about freedom on Independence Day: Freedom from the responsibilities of parenthood, and freedom from technology. It’s complicated. Last Thursday, I said goodbye to my kids for seven weeks. I’ll see them at the mid-point for Visitor’s Day, but aside from that they’re off to summer camp, free of parental supervision for nearly two months. As I write this, my husband and I are in Mexico for a weekend getaway, to reconnect with each other after a hectic year, free…

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Can this bath get rid of EMF toxins?

pursoma digital detox bath: electromagnetic radiation

I’m in my bathrobe, happy-sweaty, relaxed and ready for bed. And I’m not even tempted to check my smartphone one last time. How did I arrive at this zen state? I just took a swim in Pursoma’s Digital Detox Bath ($34): A raw, vegan bath treatment that claims to relieve stress and muscle tension, improve your mental clarity, and absorb the built up toxins from EMFs that radiate from your smartphone or computer. Those are some big promises. While I loved my bath (I never met a…

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Disconnect Family Security + Safety

The End of Screen Time Wars?

Manage Screen Time

Parenting in the digital age involves a whole new layer of supervision, education and good ol’-fashioned snooping. Kids left unsupervised on devices can get into all kinds of trouble to be sure, but they also need help building their balance muscle— how to manage screen time so they can grown up to be healthy, happy adults (I write this as I clutch my mobile phone, laptop in my lap, iPad at arms reach— hey, don’t do as I do, kids). Of course, most kids…

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