Ashley Furniture: Time To Unplug & Socially Detox
It’s been a crazy year and we are all feeling the exhaustion creep in as we stride towards 2021. any folks are decorating their homes with festive decor, shopping for gift exchanges or watching their favourite holiday movies. But we also realize the need to slow down and detox. As we approach a new year, let’s make a pledge to unplug from the internet so we can unwind IRL.
Take the weeks during the holiday season to remove yourself from social media. Spend intentional time with family and friends to reflect on the year and to express gratitude for the joyful things in life. We’d like to guide your shutoff with a few tips and tricks from Ashley Furniture.
The Benefits of Unplugging
The focus of our detox is social media. Some of you might be wondering, “Why should I log off of my social media accounts?” Well, taking time away from your technology has health benefits! Reducing your daily screen time can actually help your body’s production of melatonin, which is known as the sleep hormone. So, take the time your brain needs to recharge from the stress of work, school or just everyday life. With all that extra melatonin, you’ll be sleeping away the stress of the day in no time.
You don’t even have to go cold turkey (pun intended) on your cell phone. Use apps that help you set up screen time restrictions and monitor your technology usage. That way you can learn how much time you spend looking at a particular app and better understand how to limit your phone time. Also, you could turn off notifications from social media platforms, so you don’t feel compelled to check your phone every time you receive an alert. Read more tips for unplugging from social media here.
Celebrate the Magic of Home
This holiday season, Ashley Furniture is dedicated to inspiring others to Celebrate the Magic of Home in every household. The magic of the season comes from finding comfort and joy within our homes, like shared traditions, memories filled with laughter, delicious food around the table. Create your own traditions and stay safe at home this season.
Indoor festive fun
Since you’ve unplugged your phone, you might be looking for some festive fun. We have a few of our favourite holiday-friendly activities for you to enjoy. Just remember, no cell phones are allowed during these pastimes.
Festive Movie Night
Transform your home into a holiday-themed movie theatre experience! Make it an event for the whole family that features holiday-inspired movie snacks and a seasonal dress code. We always love an ugly sweater competition, or you can dress up as your favourite holiday season personality. Follow the rules of a regular theatre — cell phones must be turned off or silent throughout the show.
Dust off your favourite tinsel and tree trinkets. Decorating your home for the holidays is a great bonding activity with friends and family. If you live with roommates, use this time to learn each other’s traditions and favourite seasonal pastimes. We will allow the limited use of cell phones to take photos of your masterpiece.
Gingerbread House Contest
Stay competitive during the holiday season and challenge your family and friends to build and decorate gingerbread houses! This tasty endeavour will test your teamwork skills, concentration and creative abilities.
Recipes to try
The holiday season also comes with loads of delicious meals and recipes, some that have been passed down through generations. Cooking your holiday meal is also a great time to disconnect from technology and connect to those in your home. Ask everyone to lend a helping hand as you prepare a delicious feast.
We’d love to hear about how you make the holiday season magical through your traditions and favourite activities.
Bring comfort and the magic of Christmas home this season with Ashley Furniture.