A couple of months ago I wrote a post about Meatless Mondays and how it benefits both our nutritional health and the health of the planet. Wireless Wednesdays is about taking care of our emotional health and it’s another way to cut back the stress. Wireless Wednesdays is about unplugging one night a week – really unplugging…no cell phones or computers. It seems like such a simple thing to do, but when was the last time you really did take a full night off from the wireless world? If the answer is back in the early nineties when your beeper was turned off, than clearly it’s time to give yourself a break. As discussed in more than one of my previous posts, stress has become one of the  leading causes of disease and various health problems in recent years. Here are some scary stress related numbers, according to the American Institute of Stress:

  • 43% percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress.
  • 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians (PCPs) are for stress-related complaints or disorders.
  • Stress is a major contributing factor either directly or indirectly, to coronary artery disease, cancer, respiratory disorders, accidental injuries, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide; the six leading causes of death in the United States.

I am not trying to beat a dead horse but the bottom line is that stress is a serious Western epidemic.

As we continue to evolve in the technological world, our brains and bodies are being challenged to constantly be taking in an overload of information, never getting the chance to relax and take a break. Now with so many ways to stay connected, there is always an email to return, an article to read online, a text to reply to, etc….etc…when do our bodies and our brains get to de-stress from the constant stream of information? When do we get to just breathe, quiet our minds and most importantly, connect face-to-face with the closest people in our lives without distractions? The chances are becoming fewer and fewer. So, for the health of my self, my marriage, and all of my relationships, my husband and I have decided to unplug one night a week-which in the grand scheme of our lives, is barely enough. But for now, it is the time that we can really commit ourselves to, and hope that you will find one night a week to do the same. Spend quality time with YOU and your loved ones. Take a break from the emails, texts and phone calls, and give your body and your brain a chance to recover from the stresses of living in today’s society – those emails, phone calls and texts will still be there tomorrow. Share your successes here – just not on Wednesday ☺