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March 1 is Global Day of Unplugging

(SPM Wire) With more time spent staring at screens than ever before, sometimes it’s important to unplug, and connect with the world in a different way. Celebrated on March 1, Global Day of Unplugging is an annual occasion to put down your phone, tablet or computer.

To make the most of the day, consider these three real-world alternatives to activities you may be doing on your devices:

• Volunteer: With 24/7 access to the news cycle, it’s all too easy to “doomscroll.” Instead of taking in negative news on your phone, be the change you wish to see by volunteering in your community.

• Meet up “IRL”: Instant messaging is the single most popular online activity reported by adult internet users, according to Statista. But there’s no substitute for face-to-face interactions. Message the group chat in advance of March 1 and ask them if they’d like to continue the conversation in person that day.

• Get outdoors: Rather than turning to your internet-connected stationary bike or to Instagram for workout inspiration, pair fitness with new scenery. Whether you go on a hike, play pick-up soccer in the park, or lace up sneakers for a run, you’ll enjoy turning your sweat session into an opportunity to get some fresh air.