When was the last time you spent a whole weekend ‘un-plugged’??
No phone, no computer, no car, no television, no cafes, no traffic, no stress….??
I’ve just returned from an ‘un-plugged’ weekend, where we made a pact to not mention the ‘W’ word…and cannot even describe how amazing I feel for it. I was so unplugged that I don’t even have a photo to show you just how gorgeous this place was…we stayed in the cutest old house built in the 1930’s, which was nestled in a valley between two glorious mountains. There was a gorgeous fresh-water river, wild raspberries, a huge mulberry tree full of fruit, birds, frogs, cows and kangaroos, amazing company, a camp-fire, cups of tea, bush walks, guitar, a good book and sooooo much rest! Seriously, I had two afternoon naps and two 11-hour sleeps!!
It really got me thinking while I was away, just how much my body was telling me to sleep. It was like as soon as I gave myself permission to rest, my body took full advantage!!
Do you ever find this? Maybe when you go on holiday you end up getting sick? Or your just want to spend the whole holiday sleeping?
When we are busy all of the time, and constantly chasing down the end of a never-ending to-do list, our bodies often switch over into ‘survival mode‘. Our energy is sourced from constant doses of adrenaline and cortisol, triggered from our ‘Fight or Flight Response’. The Fight or Fight response is a primal instinct to help us survive in the wild…when you perceive that you are under ‘threat’, your body will give you the above hormones to help you either fight, or run away from the threat!! Problem is, for most of us today, most of our ‘threat’ is simply psychological, rather than physical threat (ie a dog chasing you down the street!), which means it is on constantly, rather than short bursts throughout our day.
So suddenly you are away from all of your ‘threats’, you are on vacation or away from technology for a weekend. Your adrenal system is no longer super-charged, and your blood vessels are no longer filled with adrenaline. Instead they are filled with the ‘Rest & Repair’ hormones, your body systems have been craving for so long.
And so you crash. (like I did!)
Your body needs to catch up on all of the lost sleep and rest it has been missing over the past weeks/months/years! Is this really healthy? That we burn ourselves out so much that when we do ‘un-plug’, we just want to sleep for days?
I know that I have to practice constant self-awareness around this, as a typical A-type personality, it is easy for me to burn the candle at both ends.
What about YOU? Do you burn the candle at both ends? Are you addicted to your phone and technology? Do you feel guilty for giving yourself some time-out? Beautiful one, let’s not wait until we are burnt out and broken!!! Let’s find ways to introduce more regular mini-retreats into our lives, so we can avoid crashing & burning.
How can you un-plug more in your daily life?
- Maybe you can take a weekend once a month where you spend some time in nature, with no technology on at all?
- Set boundaries around technology in the evening, and switch off by 8.30pm
- Make your bedroom a phone/computer free environment
- Turn your phone OFF when you are out with friends
- Spend your Sundays un-plugged from technology, and plugged into nature instead
- Take social media & work emails off your phone
Does this sound all too familiar to you?
TAKE ACTION! Tell me in the comments below, ONE thing you are going to do to ‘un-plug’ more in your day-to-day life?