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The 5 Best Apps to Calm You Down

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Photo by Elke Seizle/ It sounds counterintuitive, but apps and meditation fit together as neatly as the soles of your feet. $.99 Zazen Bare-bones support for dedicated meditators who simply crave a little structure, this app (named after the term for practicing Zen meditation while seated), is basically a timer with four distinctive bell sounds to let you know when it’s time to start and stop your silent sessions.
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Sit comfortably; take a deep breath and relax.  These top 5 apps will help you put some calm back into your day.

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Meditation -- The New SoulCycle

Meditation -- The New SoulCycle | Unplug | Scoop.it
The country’s sleekest and most convenient meditation studio just opened in Los Angeles.
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Whether it's losing baby weight; giving traders an edge on the market; or winning the Super Bowl, the "name of the magic pill" is meditation.


And now it's a big hit for "plugged-in, stressed-out millenials, who gather in groups of up to 52 people in the service of quieting an overactive mind".

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Humanize Your Networking

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As you have read countless times, social media is about relationship marketing, engagement and making authentic connections. Real-time conversations with real p
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"You've got real people enjoying real conversations, with real needs".


Social media = relationship marketing and requires a balance between social automation and authentic connection.


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Let's Stop Living to Work!

Let's Stop Living to Work! | Unplug | Scoop.it
"The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to
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Long commutes to work.  Sleeping with our electronic devices.  Missing out on important moments with family and loved ones.


It's time to renovate and repair the structure of our lives. Let's stop living to work!

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Facebook Users Are Playing Games

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If it seems like you just can't stop playing 'Candy Crush Saga' or any other Facebook games, don't worry, you're in good company -- a lot of good company.
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Facebook revealed on Wednesday that "of all its active users - 375 million people - play at least one Facebook-connected game in an average month".


Users who play on 2 or more platforms are more likely to click on ads and spend 3.3 times more money on in-game purchases. 

And that's no game!

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Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought

Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Our continuous infatuation with social media has been said to cause more loneliness.  We've also learned that "loneliness is an equal-opportunity emotion".  It can affect people regardless of whether they are in a real relationship or not. 


But can loneliness actually kill you? 


According to recent research, loneliness is not only extremely toxic to the body; it can "increase an older person's chance of premature death by 14%". 

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Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too!

Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too! | Unplug | Scoop.it
By Tiffany Howard. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time online. This isn’t new. I first discov
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As a freelance writer, Tiffany Howard reminds herself of the "importance of unplugging, going outside and spending time in the offline world."

 

So peel yourself away from the screen to find inspiration; enhance your physical well-being; and create an opportunity to collaborate with friends and colleagues. 

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Terence's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:51 AM

Too true.

 

And so easy to justify time online -- research,  you know. 

 

However, when I do unplug and hit the gym, take a long walk, or otherwise 'get away', I find myself so revitalized.

 

This headline takes front and center space on my corkboard right above my monitor.

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9 Reasons You Need to Unplug

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These days, logging an overwhelming number of hours on our computers, laptops, smartphones, and iPads seems to be the norm. But it turns out you could be losing more than just precious time while plugged into the technology matrix. Here, the physical, mental, and emotional tolls of overusing the Internet -- and why occasionally disconnecting from the digital world may not be such a bad idea.
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If you are over-plugged into technology, you are losing more than just precious time.  Here, the "physical, mental and emotional tolls of overusing the Internet".

 

If you unplug you will:

 

  1. Have more time for YOU
  2. Have real relationships
  3. Reduce muscle pain
  4. Increase productivity
  5. Save your skin
  6. Get better sleep
  7. Manage your mood
  8. Drive safer
  9. Kick the addiction
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Christi Krug's curator insight, March 27, 2014 6:35 PM

Okay, start talking about my orbit-frontal cortex possibly having white-matter abnormalities and you have my attention!

 

Seriously, I've started being extremely mindful about plugging in . . . noticing some changes in my thinking. So excited about my new intentions.

 

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Signs You Need To Unplug

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Are you attached to your digital devices? If the thought of being disconnected makes you sweat, you're not alone.
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The American population is attached to its digital devices.  Are you one of them?


This Third Metric blog shares 19 signs that it's time to unplug.  Here are just a few:


  1. You experience Phone Panic
  2. You have no idea how to get to basic locations without Google Maps
  3. Your device has a spot next to your pillow
  4. LOL and hashtag are part of your vocabulary
  5. You text someone who is in the same room
  6. When you go to the bathroom, so does your phone
  7. You Instagram more food than you eat
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5 Steps to Setting Boundaries with Your Devices

5 Steps to Setting Boundaries with Your Devices | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you're adept at thumbing an iPhone in one hand and Blackberry in the other like a gunslinger in the Old West, time to take steps to wean yourself off tech.
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It's "time to take steps to wean yourself off tech."  Here are 5 great suggestions from Ellen Lee of CNBC.com:


  1. Tell time the old fashioned way.  Wear a watch.  Get a non-digital clock. (Do they even exist any more?)
  2. No more smartphones in the bathroom.  Seriously!
  3. Schedule a tech break each and every day.  Just do it!
  4. Disable notifications.  No more buzzes, bells or beeps.
  5. Give SnapChat a rest and carry a journal to record some of your experiences.
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A Digital Detox Test

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When you commit to disconnecting, you wean yourself off the dopamine rush of external affirmation and information.
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Inspired by Ariana Huffington, Cindi Leive and Mika Brzezinski, book author and writer for the NYT, Teddy Wayne, decided to unplug for one week in January. 

 

Taking cues from Maite Baron, founder of The Corporate Escape, Mr. Wayne shares his experience and views about the "uproar over our supposedly out-of-control Internet and phone addictions."

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Information Technology Burnout

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A growing emphasis has been placed on IT professionals to help businesses compete, grow and thrive.  Great news for Information Technology, right?

 

Not for the 73% in the UK who are considering leaving their job due to work-related stress and the impact that is having on their health and relationships.

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Reclaim Your Weekend!

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Reclaim Your Weekend - Summer may be over, but don't let your spirits flag. These easy steps can help you reclaim your zest
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Statistics tell it all.  The 40-hour work week has become the 50-hour work week.  More than 90% of people check email while on vacation.  And weekends?  Well they have become a luxury of the past.  Most of us now use our days off to catch up on work or other domestic duties.

 

It's time to get your weekends back!  It's time to recharge those batteries!  Woman & Home shows you 21 ways to do just that!

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Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME

Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME | Unplug | Scoop.it
@waylonlewis on Instagram: Yaffo, Israel, off the beach.   I'm traveling. I don't have time to write my weekly editor's letter. I don't have time to
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YOU DON'T HAVE TIME...


You don't have time to work -- to play with the kids -- to breathe.  Heck!  You don't even have time to read this insight!


And what do we do "If there’s a gap of space, of breath?  We reach for our smart phones. 150 times a day, on average. Pretty stupid."


This blogger reminds us that Life is too short.  Life is too sweet.  And  not something to be ignored.


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James Harlan's curator insight, June 30, 2014 1:22 AM

give time and be happy :)

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A Digital Detox Test: Unplug Twitter and Facebook. Put Off Email and Smartphone.

A Digital Detox Test: Unplug Twitter and Facebook. Put Off Email and Smartphone. | Unplug | Scoop.it
When you commit to disconnecting, you wean yourself off the dopamine rush of external affirmation and information.
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If you enjoy the "rush of external affirmation and information", this article is for you! 


Yet we can all learn from this.  In short: Multitasking simply DOES NOT work.

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If You Own a Smartphone, You Are Probably Waking Up Wrong

If You Own a Smartphone, You Are Probably Waking Up Wrong | Unplug | Scoop.it
There is an ideal way to start your workday, and, if you own a smartphone, you're probably not doing it.
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Upon waking each morning, what is the first thing you reach for?  Hopefully, it's your significant other.  But for most of us, it's our Smartphone.


Whether it's to "turn off (or snooze) the alarm...check email, Twitter, Facebook or text messages...it's a stressful way to start the day."

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The ONE Thing You Need to be Happy

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Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. To celebrate, I'm setting you all a challenge - for one day only, try not to experience life through a lens. How wonderful all the tools
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What makes people happy? 


Removing the "lens" through which we see the world.  Being present.  Appreciating Life around us. 


And what does scientific research have to say about what makes us happy?


"To connect with other human beings -- IN PERSON".

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Start a Meditation Practice in 10 Easy Steps

Start a Meditation Practice in 10 Easy Steps | Unplug | Scoop.it
I meditate. But it's been a long road to get here. Buddha on the mountaintop, I'm not. You might describe me as a bit tense high-strung. My mind clicks a million miles a minute. In fact, as I type
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  1. Just Begin
  2. Jot Down Feelings
  3. Start Small
  4. Use an App or Timer
  5. Get Comfortable
  6. Find the Right Gaze
  7. Use a Simple Mantra
  8. Be Kind to Yourself
  9. Be Consistent
  10. Try Again
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Krista Boschian's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:07 AM

Appuntamenti di meditazione nell'estate 2014 presso la zona fronte mare del nostro hotel. Condividi con i tuoi amici questa bella iniziativa e messaggio.

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Secrets and Grace

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Can we remove our distractions -- those rocks of Life -- in order to discover the secrets we find when we take time to breathe?

 

This lovely post tells the story of how one family rediscovered those secrets and found Grace in the process.

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Charles Darwin Doesn't Want You to #UNPLUG

Charles Darwin Doesn't Want You to #UNPLUG | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you’re like most Americans, you probably spent most of the long Fourth of July weekend hanging out at a family BBQ, watching baseball, enjoying the fireworks and… obsessively checking your digital devices for the latest news from your friends, followers and assorted other virtual acquaintances ...
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Is it possible that the overuse of smartphones, laptops, pads and tablets could be good for you?

 

No...unless you take a "survival of the fittest" view of the world.  If so, to UNPLUG "may be one of the most dangerous ideas" you've ever considered.

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Reduce Resentment and Feel Happier

Reduce Resentment and Feel Happier | Unplug | Scoop.it
Life is short. Time spent feeling angry or resentful about things that happened or didn’t happen is time squandered. Here's how to let resentment go.
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Life's end goal is not to accomplish your TO DO list, but to feel fulfilled and happy.

 

But when you're feeling angry and resentful, how do you really turn that frown upside down?  Tiny Buddha shares 4 powerful tips.

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The Joys & Challenges of Unplugging

The Joys & Challenges of Unplugging | Unplug | Scoop.it
Choosing to temporarily turn off our devices disconnects us from our habits of overstimulation, which for some has become a powerful addiction that consumes waking hours and distracts us from being involved in whatever is happening in the present moment.
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Informed.  Entertained.  Connected.


Overwhelmed.  Distracted.  Exhausted.


Your digital devices bring you pleasure.  Your digital devices bring you distress.  And freeing yourself "from sensory overload involves the difficult but rewarding practice of unplugging." 


BUT HOW????  This blog shares some great and practical ways to unplug.

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Digital Attention Disorder

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"The vast majority of the American population is mildly addicted to technology"
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Are kids today just born addicted to the Internet? You've probably "seen the ease at which a toddler can operate an iPhone." 


Research shows that an overwhelming number of the American population is mildly addicted to technology.  And it begins with our children.  The cost for treating this addiction with the help of a professional?  "Just under $20,000." 


Seems to me we could make a personal commitment to ourselves and learn how to be more mindful about balancing online time with real life activities by simply turning off the smartphones, tablets and computers for a brief period of time each day.  The added benefit:  It's FREE!

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Aren't Libraries Obsolete?

Aren't Libraries Obsolete? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Google and I began working together in September of 1998. As a newly minted librarian, I was enthralled with my new colleague, a precocious newborn. Its clean interface was so refreshing! As an infant, Google made my work life easier in so many ways, as it still does for all of us. Google hits milestone after developmental milestone, and our working relationship in the library continues to evolve. For the past 15-plus years, Google and I have had another workplace companion, however. This one is also a product of the digital world and is just as omnipresent as Google. Our stubborn associate’s most distinguishing feature is that it hasn’t changed much from its original incarnation. It remains The Question: “Aren’t libraries obsolete?” The American Library Association is still kicking, but
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According to Katrine Watkins, a school librarian in Pennsylvania, the digital world along with less financial support and cuts in education funding have "done serious harm to school library services" in PA and across the country.

 

But to the question: "Aren't libraries obsolete?" Her answer remains a resounding "No"! 

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Balance Screen Time with Green Time

Be Out There takes an in-depth look at how to balance screen time with green time in the report, Friending Fresh Air: Connecting Kids to Nature in a Digital ...
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The National Wildlife Federation offers insights on how to use the technology you already love and still connect your kids to nature.

 

Good advice for adults too!

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