I’ve just got back from a week away with the hubby and puppy and I have to say, I’m feeling so much better for it!
I love my work and I love connecting with you guys but sometimes, I find myself jumping between emails, facebook, twitter, Instagram, etc. just trying to keep on top whilst my inner calmness suffers.
So, I decided to disappear for the week.
I decided to jump off the internet wagon to have some down time and just enjoy a slower pace of life.
Now I’m no saint and I didn’t manage full shut down, but I did leave my mobile at home whilst we went out and it was so liberating!
And I only turned my computer on for the set times I’d agreed with myself and only did the tasks that I said I would.
This left the rest of the time for me to be fully present as a wife, a dog mummy and also as a person.
It meant I actually spent time reading which is something I love but often gets knocked off the bottom of my to-do list as I’m just too busy (read: checking emails/ social media/ etc.).
I also found immense clarity over thoughts which I’d been struggling with for a while.
A new programme which I’ve been working on but haven’t been able to define came very clear during a relaxing soak in the bath of all places!
I love being able to keep in touch and the ease with which we can share our message over the internet but online fatigue is a real problem for a lot of people.
Half the time we don’t even realise our addiction to it.
When was the last time you had even a day of not checking your phone? Or an hour?
Being constantly available helps us to keep up our importance belief.
If we’re busy, we’re important.
But really, do you need to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
So, I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to give myself a day a week where I’ll not be contactable.
This isn’t a selfish thing, it’s a self-love thing.
I’ve also made the decision that 9pm is my cut off time for emails, texts and TV during the week so my body has time to calm down before bed.
And means I have more time to do those things I’m always ‘too busy’ for.
Now, I’m under no illusion that this will be simple.
It’s so easy to just mindlessly pick up my phone for a ‘quick check’ and find myself still on facebook an hour later!
But I know how much my mind will thank me for it.
So, how much could time off the grid help you?
What could you achieve if you were fully present in your life for even an hour?
How much time are you willing to commit to?
I’d love to hear your thoughts – obviously, during the hours that you are contactable 🙂