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Take The Heads-Up Challenge

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Here’s the data …

On average people spend 10 hours and 39 minutes each day staring at smartphones, computers, video games, radios, tablets, and TVs.

On Average!!

Research data links this level of screen time with an increased risk for obesity, sleep problems, chronic neck pain, as well as depression and anxiety. So if you feel like you just don’t have enough of all that in your life, google it, post it, tweet it, take a selfie of yourself chatting about the app you found on your reddit thread about it, and on and on and on.

You get the picture. And this is why we want to encourage a Heads-Up Challenge for March!

It works like this. Be intentional about getting your head out of the screen and looking around you for a couple of hours each day — even if it is only 15 minutes at a time. When you do this, the goal is to have no agenda list of to-do items other than to quiet your mind for a while and notice the things around you. If you can do this and look at nature of some form, it’s all the better.

And during your Heads-Up time, don’t forget to add other senses. When you can and when it makes sense, listen to hear what is around you. Just notice, and suspend judgement about it for a moment. When you can and when it makes sense, take the time to smell the outside or the food or the newly cut grass or fresh fallen rain. Do this without agenda. Just notice, and suspend judgement about it for a moment.

Another use of your Heads Up time could be to take this time to speak to a friend for co-worker. Interpresonal contact is a key to a healthy mental state and increased resilience.

Take this time to view nature. This is even more beneficial for your mental state if you do so while walking outside. So, Heads-Up! Get your head out of the screen and into the world! Doing this is shown to decrease neck and back pain, increase positive emotions and decrease negative ones.

Young woman enjoying the nature in spring. Dancing, running and whirling in beautiful park with cherry trees in bloom, unleashing happiness

That’s part 1 of your challenge for this month.

Part 2 is to write back and say what your saw and felt. What kind of difference did this make for you? This is important to the challenge because your words are powerful and can encourage others to have their own heads-up moment. Giving back is another important aspect of resilience and mental health because when you do, you become the spark that feeds the flame and the voice of positive change for yourself and those around you.

I’m so looking forward to your thoughts on this, and please feel free to share this Heads-Up Challenge with your co-workers!

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  1. Meari
    March 10, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Got out for a hike with my husband this evening. It felt so go to be outside

    • Will Clower
      March 13, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Right? There is some subconscious connection that our body has with nature, and kicks in without our awareness or permission. You are exactly right Meari, it feels so good to be outside!

  2. Michelle LeClair
    March 13, 2021 at 10:06 am

    This challenge was helpful to me. For part 1 to work for me, I had to disconnect from my environment entirely, meaning I had to get away from my desk/office completely. Then I was able to observe what was around me and breath deeply to reach a serene calm. Part 2 takes me outside, walking in the woods with my canine companion where I can hear the birds, take in the fresh air and absorb the sunlight. The air and sun wash the stress from my body, the walking allows my heartrate to increase enough that it flushes my system and releases endorphins – I can feel these things happening. I may have done this activity often but as part of this challenge I was much more mindful of it as far as how it made me feel. It caused me to pay attention and I am grateful for that.

    • Will Clower
      March 13, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      That is so great. Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful comment.

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