I made a resolution this year to de-stress by disconnecting. Let's face it, with the advances in technology that are supposed to make our lives easier -- cell phones, smart phones, iPads, email, social networking -- our lives have also become a lot more hectic. Gone are the days where we can leave the house for a few hours and enjoy some peace and quiet. No matter where we are, we can be reached through our phones via calls, texts, Facebook, Twitter, email, LinkedIn... the list goes on and on. Many of us find ourselves working long after we've left the office -- after all, our bosses can reach us any time they want. And when we do make time to get out and enjoy ourselves, we're busy using our phones to check in. It's no wonder we all struggle to find ways to relax.
For one (waking) hour a day, I am now electronics-free. I turn off my phone (oh the horror!), my laptop and my TV. It doesn't much matter what I do during that hour; just knowing that I have that time just for me, that no one can disturb, is relaxing in itself. To recharge, sometimes we have to unplug.
Here are some other techniques that have worked for me:
So go on, get lost! You'll be amazed by how much you find!
<strong>One of my favorite stories in the world. Who knows about finding themselves through getting lost more than Alice?</strong>
<strong>This horse was as into me as I was into him!</strong>
<strong>Carved into a tree trunk outside of the <a href="http://www.Applevalleyrestaurant.com" target="_hplink">Apple Valley Restaurant</a>. Grab a bite to eat and head over to the waterfalls!</strong>
<strong>The <a href="http://www.Bayardcuttingarboretum.com" target="_hplink">Bayard Cutting Arboretum</a> in Oakdale, Long Island. This is my happy place!</strong>
<strong>This was taken at the Giants ticker tape parade.</strong>
<strong>This is such a gorgeous spot for a wedding. The architecture and designs on the ceiling and walls are breathtaking.</strong>
<strong>The stairs I would walk down as the bride to have my wedding in the archway!</strong>
<strong>What a fantastic discovery at the end of the winding roads of the North Shore of Long Island.</strong>
<strong>I have no ducks, but I want this sign! Awesome duck pond in Wading River, NY.</strong>
<strong>This is actually a zoomed-in shot from a tree on someone's front lawn. I turned this one into a canvas for my home.</strong>
<strong>Kismet is a hamlet of Fire Island in NY, but this sign was just posted on someone's driveway on the North Shore of Long Island. "Kismet" is one of my favorite words!</strong>
<strong>This is an actual lane in Mattituck, NY, with a <a href="http://www.Lovelanekitchen.com" target="_hplink">famous kitchen</a> and local shops. What's <em>not</em> to love? </strong>
<strong>Take a deep breath and feel the stress leave your body. I went hiking here in February and the sights were unforgettable. I will also never forget falling into the river in 20-degree weather while trying to cross on a fallen tree trunk!</strong>
<strong>Also in Milford, PA, these Adirondack chairs are along a lake in the back of a motel.</strong>
<strong>If <em>this</em> doesn't relax you, I don't know what will!</strong>
<strong>I took this photo from a stranger's front lawn. They came home while I was taking it. Whoops!</strong>
<strong>Is that a rock or a whale? I think this is so cool!</strong>
<strong>I love the <a href="http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com" target="_hplink">Bayard Cutting Arboretum!</a></strong>
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