Before my recent trip to Aruba, I began to have 2 thoughts:
1. I won’t have access to the Internet (except WiFi at the hotel but who’s going to be just sitting in the hotel most of the time?! Not me!), won’t be making/accepting expensive phone calls or texts, and will basically be off the grid for the duration of the trip. o_O
and my next thought…
2. I won’t have access to the Interent, won’t be making/accepting expensive phone calls or texts, and will basically be off the grid for the duration of the trip. YES!
Same thought, different feelings. I ultimately felt extremely relieved that I was going out of the country – to one of the spots that’s been on my bucket list for faaaaaaar too long – and that I won’t be worrying about emails, texts, or calls!
I couldn’t wait to setup my email and voicemail vacation alerts!
If you called me that last week of May, I’m sure you heard the excitement in my outgoing message! LOL
No More Forced Down Time!
I can’t even express to y’all how great it felt to not be connected for an extended period of time. Why ever did I wait? I’m going to have these types of downtimes while I’m at home and schedule them in periodically to get away from it all.
I tell ya though, when I returned home, it took me a good lil minute to get back into the swing of things because I loved being free from it all – at least for awhile. 🙂
4 Reasons to Unplug From Technology Ever So Often
If you haven’t given yourself time to unplug from technology yet, I highly URGE you to take some time to do so. And you don’t have to go out of the country to do it!
- This constant connectivity that’s become a way of life for many of us can cause lots of pitfalls, emotionally, physically, psychologically, and any other -allys. Our overall health could be in danger!
- Feel overconnected, stressed or obsessed with the Internet but can’t leave it alone? Well, that could be a sign of an Internet addiction. Don’t fret. Check out my article to learn how to overcome it!
- Unplugging allows you a chance to use and enhance other skills. I’m sure playing around on the Internet isn’t the only thing you know how to do. Use that new time to do, learn, think about other stuff – offline!
- Learn to take back control of your attention! These days, most of us have severe cases of A.D.D. and can’t pay attention to much of anything for an extended period of time. Unplugging gives you the time to learn to be still, focus, think more clearly, and just BE. How great is that!
So what do you do while you’re unplugged? Anything your heart desires! Sleep, catch up on some reading, have fun with the family, or simply DO NOTHING at all! Your body, mind, and soul WILL thank you with less stress, clearer thinking, and more!
Now although I like extended periods of technology-free time – days even – you don’t have to do so much. You can chunk it out in hours at a time. For instance, maybe once a week or so, you take a couple hours and designate that time as non-Internet time. Maybe do some of your work offline (giving you more focus on that project only), have game time with the family, or go outside and enjoy nature.
The key here is to set regular time away from technology and be more fully absorbed in whatever you’re doing. Just remember life ‘way back when‘ when we didn’t have these issues and you’ll be fine. 🙂
Lastly, Some Pics…
So surprisingly, I didn’t take many pics while in Aruba because I didn’t want to carry around my phone all the time (which felt funny at first, especially since I like to take lots of pics while on vaca)! I wanted to simply enjoy every moment because you know time flies when you’re having fun and I didn’t want to miss any of it trying to stage photos. But I did manage to take a few.
Click image to view in full size…
Over to you…
When was the last time you unplugged from it all? What are some ways you can use your newfound “unplugged” time? Chime in below!