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Editorial

Summer is a great time to unplug to be more connected

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” This quote by author Anne Lamott cleverly captures the benefits of unplugging in today’s device-driven, multitasking world. Keeping up with work, family, friends and the latest trends and news on social media make most of us feel compelled to be connected – constantly – through our smartphones and tablets.

The good news is, summer is a great time to unplug from our electronic devices and enjoy time relaxing and having fun with family and friends. In other words, it’s an opportunity to take (or make) the time to simply be “present.”

Research has shown, in fact, that we all need downtime after a busy day to recharge – which is beneficial to our health and our relationships. Even though we may resist downtime (because we feel like there is so much to do!), it is important to be intentional in slowing down and embracing time away from technology. 

My family, probably like yours, likes to plan for downtime in the form of summer vacations, short weekend getaways or easy daytrips that gets us out and about where we can enjoy each other and also our beautiful state!

Especially during this time of year, there are so many things to do and see across Mississippi – from state parks, beaches, deep sea fishing and other outdoor adventures to museums, concerts and numerous festivals, like the region’s one-of-a-kind FestivalSouth event in Hattiesburg that you will read about in the following pages.

In our connected world, it is so easy to forget to simply slow down. These days, it is practically second nature to multitask – texting, checking email, scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, Googling – because the world is literally right at our fingertips. So this summer, do yourself and your family a favor. Put down the devices and distractions – and unplug to be more connected. 

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