How to unplug during the holidays


It’s almost the holidays and time for all of us to slow down, spend time with friends and family, and relax. Take this time of year to unplug yourself from your busy day to day and recharge.

As connected as we are to our technology, it’s often very difficult for people to unplug. Here are six suggestions to help you disconnect and make your upcoming holidays relaxing, slow, and phone-free:

Analog activity day

Don’t use a single thing that requires a battery. Play with Legos, play a board game, do a puzzle, do a crossword, do something that requires the use of more than just your amazing opposable thumbs tapping on a screen. Look to do active activities that you have to participate in, not passive ones where someone or something is feeding you your entertainment.


Who doesn’t like a holiday treat? If you want to go extra old-school, don’t use a mixer! Bake cakes, cookies, and other holiday specialties. Do it with your closest friends or try to find a workshop where you can bake with strangers! The possibilities are endless. If you’re looking for suggestions as to what to bake, check out our post on christmas baking!

Read a book

Put your Kindle away. Read a tangible and real book that was printed on paper. The book should be heavy enough to at least work as an effective paperweight on a windy day. Tons of great books are published every day so go out and buy one! And I’m sure someone gave you one for your birthday that’s been lying on your night table neglected and unread. Brew some of your favorite tea, sit in a comfortable chair by the window, and enjoy.

Write a letter

Everyone loves a handwritten letter because it’s so rare these days. Use those handwriting skills that you slaved so hard to learn during your youth and write someone a letter. Spend an afternoon enjoying the process of writing slow where you think through what you want to write before writing it. There’s no need to rush unless you’re trying to get to the post office before it closes.


It’s not about the past or the future. It’s about the here and now. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment through meditation or other activities. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety so what are you waiting for? Take 10 minutes for yourself; breathe in, and breathe out.

Make a present

How about making a present instead of buying one? There are a lot of simple arts and crafts ideas that I guarantee someone will appreciate more than a gift card. To make it sustainable, see if you can’t reuse some of the things that are lying around your home or office. Make a dreamcatcher or a paper star!

If you want to unplug this holiday season, then really unplug. Embrace many of the things you used to do when you were a kid. Don’t just look back on simpler times. Make your time simple. Happy holidays!

Baldwin Tong Impact Hub Vienna
Baldwin Tong A writer who wears many hats, mostly metaphorical ones.