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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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…

Unplugged in Aruba Photo Collage

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!

Wassuper, it’s yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different and challenge what’s “normal!” I am wildly passionate about helping highly driven women pursue fantabulous relationships, juicytastic careers/bizzes, and authentically inspired lives. Let’s work together to rethink, redo, and reinvent so you can live life YOUR way!
Unplugged From Technology in Aruba And 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Too
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  • Kevin Harvell

    I have experienced this exact same feeling when we have taken cruise vacations in the past.

    Once you get through the first day, it becomes easy schmeasy to get by without the gadgets.

    You do eventually find it is very refreshing to be unplugged, but once you return, it is nice to get back in the swing of things ready to go.

  • Hi there this is great and informative post. Agree with you that we have to unplugged from technology to enjoy life and discover more skills and try new adventure this will make our life more fun and happier. Love the post. Awesome!

  • Jeo

    I would agree Lakesha taking soe time off the internet feels like a blessing. I recently took a couple of weeks off and visited my hometown. I can’t tell you how great it all was, my family got so excited, we partied so hard all through the time I was there. I regret returning to my normal life from my vacation now.

  • You have said it right Lakesha, we all need a time off from technology every once in a while. It is very much needed, I recently took a fortnight off from internet. I went to my hometown to visit my family, they made it a really memorable trip for me. I didn’t know that my family could be this entertaining.

  • Looks like you had a great time. I haven’t disconnected in a long time. I had a mini get away but it was only for a night. I would love a week maybe longer.

    Thanks for reminding us to take a time out every now and then.

  • It’s a lovely feeling to go unplugged at times. No rush of meeting the deadlines, no work targets and no frustrations. I often take a break from my mundane work routine and make it a point to visit some place far from the reaches of modernity. Small towns offer me the best way to unwind and come back with renewed energy.

  • Hello Thanks for the great post. It is often hard to just shut everything down. Over the weekend I concentrated more on relaxing reading more than anything else. But as a blind person even reading means having technology as I am not lucky enough to have someone to read to me or with me. The national library service for the blind uses digital audio players now instead of cassette tapes, but I hope this counts as unplugging. I finished joel Osteen’s every day a friday and started a john sanford thriller. Thanks again and take care, max

  • Wow, Looks like you had a wonderful time there Lakesha. I visited there once and it was awesome. Before I had a smartphone and online businesses. Don’t know if I could unplug that long – it sure would be a challenge and I bet it would be beneficial. I sometimes test myself if I can stay off for a few hours and it’s not easy. I did yesterday – I went to have movie that was 2 1/2 hrs and you know, I didn’t miss much online 🙂

    • I did have a great time Lisa! You wouldn’t believe how free you feel by unplugging for awhile…I was there for 5 days and of course the first day I felt like I was missing something and/or that I had to get online and “check in” but after that I was good and didn’t miss anything! I had time to sit on the beach and read, sleep, and just chill out.

      I was so unplugged that I didn’t even really get back into the game until a few days after I arrived back home! LOL

      So I’m vowing to do more of these mini tech fasts.

      Oh and speaking of movies, why was I in the theatre the other day and I saw people’s phone lights…they were checking their phones in the theatre! Guess 2 hours is too long to go without looking at it. You are right…we don’t miss anything! 😀