Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.
I shouldn’t admit to this publicly, but the picture above is as close to a self-portrait as one can get without actually being in the picture. I am queen of having three different devices in front of me — computer, phone, and tablet — while simultaneously trying to read a book. The only difference is, I don’t drink coffee while doing it.
(What? I don’t like coffee.)
My husband always jokes and offers to hand me his phone, or to grab our daughter’s tablet, so that I can have another screen to look at.
Not because I don’t appreciate being poked fun of. (I do.) But because it’s symptomatic of a much larger issue for me: a feeling of always needing to be on and connected.
Because if I’m not making the absolute most out of every second of every day, then I’m slacking off. Big time.
Or, at least, that’s what I tell myself.
The truth is, I can’t blame technology for that tendency. I’ve always been someone who has trouble sitting still. And on the off-chance that I am sitting down and relaxing, I always feel like I should be doing something more, ahem, productive.
Which is utter horse shit.
There isn’t a single person (or piece of technology) on the planet that can operate at full capacity every solitary second of the day.
In fact, it is a recipe for disaster.
Anxiety and depression.
I know this, because I’ve felt all of those things as the result of the unrealistic pressure and must-do-more mentality.
The good news is, it can be prevented. It takes prioritizing your self-care and giving yourself the space to be still. Two things that are absolutely necessary for a healthy and enjoyable existence.
Recharge. Refresh. Reconnect.
So how do you give yourself the space you need to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most to you?
I’ve done something as drastic as taking a month-long sabbatical from work to something more tame like signing off social media for 24 hours or taking a 10-minute walk outside unencumbered by technology. I’ve also taken the concept of creating space literally and gotten rid of any unused, unwanted, or unnecessary items from my home and life.
The key here is to get a feel for how empty your cup is so that you can do things that will fill you back up and give you a renewed sense of energy and enjoyment in your life.
With that in mind, here are 25 things you can do to create the necessary space to rest, refresh, and reconnect:
- Sign off of all social media for a set period of time (a day, a week, a month, a year, forever…)
- Spend 5 minutes (or more!) a day doing meditation or deep breathing
- Declutter your surroundings
- Let go of any appointments or commitments that bring you down or make you feel unhappy
- Put your phone in another room for the morning, afternoon, and/or night
- Go for a walk or spend time in nature and leave your phone at home
- Allow yourself to rest
- Do a closet purge and let go of any unwanted or unworn clothing
- Clean off your desk
- Do a brain dump and write down everything that’s swirling around in your brain
- Create a master to-do list and write down everything big or small that needs to get done
- Do the thing that you’ve been avoiding forever (for evah, evah)
- Stop multitasking and instead give your full attention to whatever it is that you’re doing
- Hug someone for at least six seconds
- Make a plan to pay off debt
- Stretch daily
- Doodle, draw, sketch, color, or paint
- Practice saying yes to yourself and do what makes you feel good
- Spend the day in bed, resting
- Get your hands dirty (cook, garden, try finger painting…)
- Find ways to clear your energy (do reiki, sage your house, soak in epsom salts…)
- Read a book
- Move your body
- Do something for others
- Menu plan or meal prep for the week