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Why the Floor Is Your Friend

Stacy Barrows | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

The floor, after all, is for foot traffic. It's hard... needs a good cleaning, and is much farther away from our derrières than the comfy sofa. The floor has a bad rep. But as a movement therapist, I have learned that the floor is my friend. Here are three reasons why:

Power Down to See Things in a Different Light

Mary Buchan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Buchan

Often a hectic schedule is invigorating to me. I like the feeling that comes with doing what I've decided to do, pursuing goals, solving problems and overcoming obstacles, one by one. But this particular week hadn't felt productive -- just busy. Was I really going anywhere? Or was I just running in circles?

Europe's Smartphone Detox

Pacific Standard | Kyle Chayka | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

The first problem with traveling and technology is the plugs. If a traveler, like me, forgets to bring an outlet converter on a trip through Spain and...

The 6.25 Percent Principle

Rudy Mettia | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Rudy Mettia

One yoga class is 1.5 hours, which is about 6.25 percent of your day. That's an hour and a half away from your iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop, television and other electronic devices. Does the thought of unplugging stress y'all out? It shouldn't.

Confessions of a Cell Phone Addict: And a Cure

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

Technology can only enrich our lives to the degree that we can stay present with ourselves and each other. I have to remind myself that I can still love my phone, but it will never love me back. The only "access" I need is to myself and the people that matter most. Everything else can wait.

The Unplugged Assignment: College Freshmen Take the Challenge

Emily John | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily John

Although the majority of the course requires active listening and students use online resources for much of their course work, the "unplugged" journal assignment invites students to avoid screens for 24 hours and write about their experience.

Our Family's Time OFF Has Turned into Time ON... LINE

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you walk into our house after dinner, you'll see five people each staring at a screen. How can I get my family to unplug and spend some down time together?

The Most Beautiful Outhouse Ever

Millie Grenough | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Millie Grenough

Hike. Meditate. I didn't do either of them seriously until I hit my 40s. Still not "perfect" at either, but much less afraid of them now than I was decades ago. Yes, more skillful.

8 Lessons I Have Learned Since Giving Up Television

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 10.27.2014 | Comedy
Jennifer McGaha

The point is, when you are not watching television and thinking about inane things like how on earth someone could give birth nineteen times and still be walking around or how a human being could not notice she had a cat carcass rotting on her living room floor, your world opens up a bit.

What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Does all this time staring at screens, which may take time away from looking at faces, change the nature of what we learn about the social world?

The Real Point Of Going Off The Grid

Kristen Noel | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

It was time to unplug -- and not because I was guilted or shamed into it, but rather because it was time to seize another opportunity. The good news is that there is room for all of it, if you carve out the space. Balance.

Watch R.E.M.'s Never-Before-Seen 'Unplugged' Performance

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment

In honor of Record Store Day, R.E.M. released "Unplugged" performances from both of the sessions the alt-rock band recorded in 1991 and 2001 in a mass...

Band of Horses Go Unplugged at Town Hall

Salvatore Bono | Posted 05.03.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

With hilarious on stage banter and a casual disposition ignited from every band member, it was a different side of the band that fans had never seen before.

Martin Guitars at the Metropolitan

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin is not only about the works of art, beauty and music that this 19th century Viennese immigrant and artisan created. It's also the story of how he changed the trajectory of handmade guitars in America.

Kelley Sanabria: 5 Quick And Easy Tips For Unplugging

Kelley Sanabria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kelley Sanabria

Hi, my name is Kelley, and I'm a social media addict. Have you ever felt this way? Unplugging wasn't easy at first, but these five tips helped me get there.

Are You Addicted To Work?

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

I gave myself an "A" for having gotten really good at working really hard. And then took the weekend off. Do you want to know the coolest thing? My work was still patiently waiting for me this morning when I came back to it!

My Year Unplugged: How I Found My Off Switch

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 12.07.2013 | Technology
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

To be honest, it was never my intention to be so off the grid for so long but I found myself becoming so refueled and enjoying life so much that it just turned out that way.

3 Real Reasons To Unplug (And They Have Nothing To Do With Your Boss)

meQuilibrium | Posted 10.01.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

The urge to obsess over your own feed, your own tweets, your own take and view of the world, as well as other people's reception of it, can send you down a self-involved spiral, and as you can imagine, that creates more stress than it does satisfaction.

What Really Happened When I Unplugged From The Internet

Shelley Emling | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Last week I did something I've never done before: I went a full 11 days without checking my email or phone. And you'll never guess what happened.

The Musical Half of the Kardashian Family Release Debut Album (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Californian music duo Brandon & Leah treat the What's Trending studio to a live performance of their song, "Showstopper," widely known as the theme song from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

Preparing for the National Day of Unplugging: No Time Like the Present

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 04.16.2013 | Technology
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

If you're new to unplugging, I've pulled together 15 ways to help you get acclimated to a new way of thinking about how you spend your time, alone and with others.

What Piece Of Technology Stresses You Out The Most?

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 07.24.2012 | Technology

Get out your stress balls, folks, because we're about to examine the most confusing, troublesome things about technology. According to a survey by...

A Vacation In Yourself: What I Learned From My Technology Detox In India

Amanda Slavin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

Sometimes it takes disconnecting to connect to the people and world around you, and more importantly, yourself. Don't be afraid to look up and in, beauty is everywhere.

WATCH: The Best And Worst Moments In MTV History

Brian Boone | Posted 10.02.2011 | Books
Brian Boone

MTV was once my electronic cool older brother, exposing me to sweet new bands, showing me cool videos, and telling me that weird comedy like "The State" is hilarious.

Technology and Gadgets Weighing You Down? It May Be Time for a Digital Diet

Jeana Lee Tahnk | Posted 08.26.2011 | Technology
Jeana Lee Tahnk

A recent study found 72% of people identify bad mobile-phone behavior as a pet peeve, but only 18% admit they are guilty. We laud technology for its ability for instant communication, but over-usage and over-dependence have the opposite effect.