The importance of “unplugging” to stay fresh and motivated.
Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Unplug & Recharge
I work a lot on my laptop and unfortunately it isn't the best! It often freezes and looses it's wifi connection which means that sometimes a 10 minute job takes me over 30 minutes. It is very frustrating to say the least.
Earlier this week it was one of those days, my laptop kept buffering and would then loose it's wifi connection. I got so fed up that I shut everything down. EVERYTHING. Even my wifi router because honestly, I was about to loose it!
I decided to go for a walk, clear my head and breathe. I mean I could have stayed there cursing at my laptop, getting more and more frustrated but where would that have gotten me?
You know what happened, right? I came back turned everything back on and just like that, it all synced up again and worked like magic.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
It really made me think about how we all need to give ourselves a break, especially when we feel like we’re doing so much that we can hardly keep up. Sadly, this way of living seems all to common these days.
Sometimes metaphorically shutting down (temporarily) is exactly what we need in order to work properly and come back stronger. Wouldn't you agree?
We live in a world which rewards going hard and never giving up and whilst tenacity and goals are really important, we cannot live our lives on full throttle otherwise we will crash and burnout. It really is that simple.
“To every thing there is a season …”
Of course there are times where we have to work hard but if you push hard, you also need to make time to rest just as “hard” so that you can re-balance your tank and not run on empty.
How do you know if you are running on empty and need a rest? A weakened immune system a.k.a always catching colds, feeling grouchy, tired, unmotivated, anxious, or tearful to name but a few.
Taking time to rest has absolutely NOTHING to do with being lazy or unproductive. In fact, it’s a KEY part of being a productive and healthy person.
Often when you unplug, you come back more inspired, with fresh ideas to make improvements, and with more energy to take on your day.
What are some ways to power down?
It doesn’t mean vegging on the couch and binging on an entire season of a show on Netflix (although it might be and I've been known too).
For some people, it might mean doing something like going to the theater, hitting the shops or going to a concert but there are even simpler ways to make sure that you unplug and restore every day.
Here are some ways to unplug:
● Take a relaxing bath
● Get a massage or anther beauty treatment
● Read a book (not work related, something which offers pure escapism)
● Go for a walk or get outside for some fresh air
● Play with your children or pets
● Do something creative: play music, paint, cook, anything crafty, etc.
● Go see a movie
● Do some gardening
● Rent an Airbnb for the weekend and get away (even somewhere local!)
● Get on a train and go somewhere different
● Take a nap
This isn’t rocket science – it’s about giving yourself the permission to just BE.
Doesn’t that sound amazing?
If you’re read this far, comment and let me know if you’re going to do something intentional this week to disconnect and recharge. I always love hearing from you!
I hope you schedule some time to rest today and tomorrow and the next day....
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