This week I am out in a field, maybe sitting under a canopy if the sun has gotten too hot or if the rain has started to fall (both are almost always inevitable), and I am recharging by disconnecting.
Being present has been one of the biggest challenges for me, and I know that others feel this way too. You might be reading this on your phone when you could be having a conversation with a loved one or connecting more to your surroundings.
Technology has done a magnificent job of making us more connected and more disconnected, all at the same time. We have instant access to almost anything we want yet we often lose sight of all that is right in front of us.
Here’s my challenge for you this week: unplug.
For 5 minutes, for 5 hours, for 5 days. Pick a time that feels like a bit of a stretch to you.
Here are 10 ideas to get you started. Be sure to come back and let me know what you did and how it felt!
1. Go for a walk and leave your phone inside (if you love to take pictures, bring a camera instead and notice the difference).
2. Turn your phone off overnight.
3. Leave your phone in the other room while you do something you love.
4. When you are done your workday, be done with your computer and phone. Give yourself the gift of an evening.
5. Take a break from Facebook – how long can you go?
6. Turn off notifications on your phone so it only alerts you if you get a phone call.
7. Tell your loved ones of your plan and try to get them to join you.
8. Institute a no phone during mealtime guideline.
9. Write with pen and paper.
10. Remember back to those days when we didn’t have cell phones that did everything and laptops that we could talk everywhere – tap into that and live from that place (you can use your phone for phone calls but nothing else).
Enjoy some quiet and calm, and soak in how connected you can feel when you disconnect.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,
P.S. Have you signed up for 3 Steps to Building the Best Home for Your Baby: The Importance of Preparing for Your Future Baby Now? I’m so excited for this call and for the women who are gathering. I hope that you’ll join us and help spread the word. Find out more and register here.