Unplugging is something I think our American culture under-appreciates. We are constantly connected – whether it be to our phones, laptops, friends, etc. It seems as though there is this constant pressure to be seen on social media/in person and be perceived as “busy.”
I fall prey to it. No doubt.
But I think it is a dangerous game we are playing.
I would argue that unplugging is one of the best things we can possibly do for our mind, body, & spirit health.
Think about it… When was the last time we stopped and assessed our circumstances?
When was the last time we ate a meal without TV or distractions and actually tasted our food?
When was the last time we sat still and listened to one of our favorite songs and allowed it to take us to another space and time?
When was the last time we stepped in a shower and thought about what a sacred experience cleansing our bodies is?
These are the small moments in life that create pockets of happiness everyday that contribute to happy weeks, happy months, happy years…
But its hard to experience them amidst chaos and distraction.
Stillness has to be created and furthermore, allowed, or these sweet experiences will always elude us.
I don’t want to be eluded. I want to experience.
So, I unplugged for a bit.
I did laundry.
I cleaned my apartment. (Let me be very forthright here, I am cleaning my apartment – being gone for weeks at a time is not conducive to a clean and tidy living space… Especially when I arrive home like a bottle rocket ready to take off into the work that I love.)
I stepped back from social media. (I use Buffer, an app that allows me to schedule posts in advance so I didn’t have to worry about updates).
I didn’t even check my email for a few days. (Gasp).
It was glorious.
(Insert more superlatives).
It was so fabulous, I think I may make it a weekly practice.
And you know what else was a byproduct of my unplugging?
A MASSIVE INFLUX OF CREATIVITY.
As a songwriter, performer, and visually minded artist, this makes me very happy.
Creative thoughts streaming through my mind faster than I can write them down = very, very happy Jaclyn.
So, I would encourage you beautiful people, to unplug. See what happens. See how it makes you feel?
It can be a little daunting at first, so maybe start small…
Unplug for an hour.
Then try two or three.
Maybe work up to an entire day.
But please consider trying it. If it doesn’t work, I will give you your money back guaranteed.
Wait. This isn’t an infomercial.
But you get the idea. I can guarantee you that the benefits of unplugging are worth the daunting task of beginning the process.
You got this.
And if you feel like you don’t… you have me.
Have questions? Leave me a comment. Have concerns? Leave me a comment. Like this post? Leave me a comment.
And I’ll leave you some comment love, as well.
Happy Unplugging, Lovelies!