Falling into Reflection: Unplug and Reconnect

Published on November 22, 2023

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As the fall break approaches, this time of year offers the opportunity to unwind, reflect, and reconnect with loved ones. Whether you’re planning a family gathering, a quiet getaway, or simply taking a well-deserved breather, NDC has put together a list of suggestions to help you mindfully unwind. Sometimes we need to take a step beyond the usual idea of unplugging, like not answering your email for a day or taking a few days off work. The concept of “mindful unplugging” is taking time to slow down, look inward, and work on building your internal strength. We also encourage you to find new strategies that work for you.

Ways to Mindfully Unplug

Purge Your Email Account
If you’re anything like us, having emails hanging over your head or a cluttered email account, making it difficult to find emails can keep us stressed or constantly thinking about what we haven’t done yet. Take some time to organize emails, respond to anything that needs attention, and clear out personal and work emails you no longer need.
Take a Break from Social Media

There are many great benefits to having news, opinions, and information available to you 24/7. But that barrage of information can often overwhelm or stress you out and impact your mood and sense of peace more than you know. Turn off your notifications or remove/hide your social media apps for a few days to give your mind a much-needed break.

Move Your Body

Do what works for you – take a walk, play pickleball, dance around the house with your pets, or stretch after sitting for long periods of time. Keeping your body active will actually help you relax while also being mindful of your health and mood.

Tackle a Fun Project

Draw, paint, craft, sculpt, write, cook, garden, or any activity that gives your mind the freedom to be creative and think in different ways.

Do Nothing for Two Minutes
Turn off the TV, don’t look at your phone, and put away things that usually take up all of your time. Take two minutes to just stop. Let your mind wander freely and shake off the tensions of being active constantly. Close your eyes or check out a helpful video to take time for yourself.
Set Aside Time for Internal Growth

Look at your strengths and maybe where you want to improve. Use a resource like NDC’s e-learning course on attitudes and biases to grow as a person.

Give Gratitude to Others

Take the time to show appreciation for the people who work in your disability services office, service providers who have supported you, friends and family members who have helped you, and other advocates in your community.

Embrace the Joy of Togetherness

Beyond just getting some much-needed quiet time, unplugging in intentional ways like those listed above can really benefit your everyday life. Making yourself more present through mindful unplugging can boost your creativity and focus, help you de-stress and calm anxieties, improve your gratitude for yourself and others, strengthen communication and your relationships, and boost your confidence.

The fall break is about more than just unplugging; it’s a time for connecting. Are you mindfully including the deaf people in your life in the fall break activities you have planned? Check out our Deaf Awareness resources to learn about how to effectively communicate and ensure equitable opportunities for togetherness. Consider incorporating crafting sessions and cooking into your gatherings to create lasting memories and share the spirit of the season. As you gather during the fall break, take a moment to set intentions for the upcoming months.

Wishing you a fall break filled with creativity, joy, and gratitude!

NDC will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.
We will reopen on Monday, November 27th.

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