Why we need to unplug
We all know how important it is to unplug from time to time. Even daily. If we keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny, we will eventually burn out. Once you start to burn out, you are less productive and the quality of your work will go down.
But, we like to makes excuses. Sometimes we want to be able to handle everything so that no one will think that we are weak. Wrong!
Taking time to unplug and refresh is key to staying passionate about what you do. That’s why companies issue lunch breaks and vacation days. It’s why schools take off for the summer. And, if you are a mom taking a break from being a caregiver is extremely important, but we so often neglect to take time for ourselves. And, when we finally do, we usually feel guilty about it. So, here are a few simple (and free!) ways to help you take time for yourself.
Ways to unplug (note: these all require you to turn OFF your phone or leave it in another room)
- Read. I’ve found that even just reading one chapter in a book with my door closed can really help me feel refreshed. I love to read personal development books and especially when I’m feeling anxious or upset, spending a few minutes reading can really give me clarity and put things into perspective.
- Meditate. I like to use a guided meditation app (put your phone on airplane mode to eliminate distractions) and use headphones. If you’d like to know how to meditate, check out my post How to Meditate For Beginners.
- Go for a walk. Taking a walk will get your blood flowing. It’s a peaceful time to be present and aware. The weather doesn’t have to be perfect either. Sometimes even taking a walk in the rain can be so nice and peaceful.
- Journal. Most mornings I spend about 5 minutes writing in a journal. I will write out 3 things that I am grateful for, 3 amazing things that happened the day before and 3 affirmations. It’s a great way to get your mindset shifted.
- Pamper yourself. I love to take time once or twice a week to do a facial right in my very own bathroom. You can make your own scrubs or masks with everyday products that you have around the house. Or, use your favorite products. If you don’t already know, I am a consultant for Rodan+Fields and I credit their products for changing my skin from looking tired and dull to bright and glowing. If you’d like a skincare consult, I’m happy to make a recommendation for you.
Take time for yourself
So, there you go. I know these are simple ideas, but many of us don’t take the time to do these simple things for ourselves. This is your reminder! There is no excuse not to spend 15 minutes (at least!) on yourself everyday. Because you are worth it! And, because you can not give what you do not have. If you are feeling exhausted and overworked (inside or outside of the home), you are more likely to overreact and lose patience more quickly. Then you are feeling even worse. It’s a vicious cycle.
Let me know some ways that you unplug and if you try any of my ideas! Plus, check out my video with Nancy Hornback on the importance of unplugging!