Trading Screens for Sunscreen

Here we are in the middle of the lazy, hazy days of summer, and most of us are as plugged in, busy, stressed, and burnt out as we are at any other time of year. This article in the Huffington Post shares how some of the world’s most wired people plan to unplug this summer. Come on, if they can do it, so can we! Busted Halo’s Phil Fox Rose wrote about the “busy trap” in this week’s What Works column (and about the important gift of “no goals” in this column). Share these articles with young adults and have a conversation about their struggles to disconnect and take a break from work, social media, or [fill in the blank].

  • Think about your favorite vacation. Who was with you? Where did you go? What did you enjoy most about it?
  • What do you like to do in your “down time”?
  • On a scale of 1-10, ask young adults to rate how “connected” they are to social media, work, or other commitments (1 being least committed, 10 being most committed). Why did you rate yourself this way?
  • What are your tips for “disconnecting” from social media, work, or other commitments — even if it’s for an evening or weekend?

And check out these tips for a more spiritual summer. You might consider turning them into a young adult group activity!