The Unplugged Hours

ebook Cultivating a Life of Presence in a Digitally Connected World

By Hannah Brencher

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No matter what you do for a living, how much time your apps save you, or how much entertainment your phone brings, it is possible to unplug—and find an even better life on the other side.

In the spring of 2021, Hannah Brencher found herself depleted and exhausted—and she knew the culprit was her constantly plugged-in lifestyle. Like so many of us, Hannah had been turning to her phone to cope with life in a time of isolation and uncertainty. Those coping mechanisms had calcified into habits she didn't know how to break. Sound familiar?

That's when the nudge happened. Turn off your phone and keep turning off your phone. And a challenge was born: 1,000 unplugged hours in one year. Soon after she shared her tracker sheet on her website, thousands of people downloaded it and signed up for their own 1,000-hour challenge.

Now in The Unplugged Hours, Hannah demonstrates how the act of powering down changed her entire life. It's a strikingly small thing to do and a surprisingly difficult habit to maintain, but turning off your phone has a substantial impact on your mental health, relationships, time management, and outlook on the world. A powerful weaving of memoir, cultural commentary, and spiritual insights, this life-changing book helps you:

  • Reclaim your ability to be present and engaged with the world around you
  • Swap the hurried, constant pace of technology for a steadier, more rooted way of living
  • Establish your own unplugged rituals and rhythms in daily life
  • Uncover the magic within the ordinary awaiting you just beyond the screen
  • The Unplugged Hours gives you the practical ideas and spiritual inspiration you need to stop scrolling and start living.

    The Unplugged Hours