I hope you are having a wonderful day.
I have a story for you today about when I used to work in IT. Yup, before I became a health coach I spent 14 years working in IT, mostly as an IT Manager.
So, guess what the #1 rule is when devices stop working and won’t connect?
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
You guessed it: this post is about giving yourself a break every once in a while…
Especially when you feel like you’re running so fast but can barely keep up.
Sometimes stepping out of the race (temporarily) is exactly what you need to do to find your power to finish strong.
Our society rewards pushing hard and never giving up. And both of those things are super important – nothing gets done unless someone actually DOES the work.
But there is also another saying: “To everything, there is a season …”
Basically, if you push hard, you also need to make time to rest just as ‘hard’ so you can power back up again.
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 an entire season of a show on Hulu. (Outlander, am I right?)
For some people, it might mean doing something fun, like playing tennis, going skiing or swimming, or hitting a flea market to poke around for unique finds.
Here are some everyday ways to unplug:
- Take a relaxing bath
- Get a massage or other bodywork
- Read a book (preferably not one about 10x-ing your productivity)
- Go for a walk or getting outside for some fresh air
- Play with your children or pets
- Do something creative: play music, woodwork, cook, anything crafty, etc.
- Go to a movie
- Garden or work on your yard
- Rent an Airbnb for the weekend and get away for a bit (even somewhere local!)
- Take a nap
This isn’t rocket science – it’s more about giving yourself permission to just BE. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
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What do you do to unplug? Share your self-care tips below. We love to hear from you!