Is it time for you to unplug?
How stressed are you? How much is on your plate? Are anxiety and worry familiar friends?
Over the last few weeks I have felt more stress and anxiety then I have in awhile. I’ve been working on a project and the tasks that were left were ones that I don’t really enjoy because they aren’t in the area of my natural gifting. As a result, I kept putting them off, and I felt more stress. Finally, last week I completed them, and it felt soooooo good.
Whether we have tasks on our plate that we don’t like to do or not, chances are we feel stress from time to time because of tasks, activities or demands on our life of some kind. I’ve previously talked on this blog about the importance of taking regular times of rest, sabbath. (You can read about that HERE.) Today, I’d like to focus on taking regular times of unplugging.
After I completed the project that was on my plate for so long, I deliberately put my computer away, didn’t carry my phone with me for a few days and didn’t check my email. I spent extra time outside in the woods with my two dogs who are so much fun and bring me a lot of joy.
I also was able to hang out with my daughter who just returned home after her first year of college.
Spending this extra time in fun and relaxation without letting in any demands felt great and I realized how much I needed it.
This week we are leaving on a much needed vacation and after the experiences of the last few days of unplugging, I’ve decided that I’m going to unplug for the whole vacation and I’m super excited about it. I look forward to relaxing, reading for fun and getting outside as much as possible, and being tuned in to God throughout the time. It wasn’t a completely easy decision to make. It means that I won’t be writing my regular blog next week. I won’t be connecting with other blog link-ups throughout the vacation. I won’t be posting on social media and I won’t be available much at all. (I will respond to items that need prompt attention if they come up, but I have strict guidelines set up to decide on what that would include.) I am also excited to share with you when I return about how it went.
So, how about you? Do you ever take time to unplug? Do you need to schedule some of that time for yourself? I encourage you to try it. If you have done this, I’d love to hear from you! Please share your experiences in the comments below and give suggestions on how to do it on a regular basis.