Do you feel like you are tied to your cellphone or computer? It sometimes feels like everything is happening at instant speeds – everyone expects a response Now. It’s hard to stay focused on anything because there seems to be a constant bombardment of beeps and buzzes each one more instant than the last.
At a minimum – your concentration is constantly disrupted – at the worst you may be suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder afraid to miss something. We’re sometimes so busy interacting with our virtual friends, that we don’t take time to talk to each other or just spend time hanging out. Here’s an article 6 Meaningful Ways to Reconnect with Family on National Unplugging Day – but don’t let it just be this day – can you incorporate some of this into your daily routine?
Social Anxiety Disorder – In one of my Facebook groups a woman was saying that she feels very upset and ignored if a man she’s interested in doesn’t respond to her texts within a couple of minutes. Don’t you find it amazing that we honestly have come to expect that every text and email we send will be seen and answered immediately, with no thought about the fact that the other person may be driving, with friends, at work or in the middle of something else. We take it personally and become upset if we don’t get that instant response…when there’s a good chance that it has nothing to do with us.
We have come to expect ourselves to be able to juggle emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, you name it and still get work done, have time for friends and family and all the other things that make our lives meaningful.
Seven years ago I was still resisting getting a cell phone because I didn’t want to be that accessible to everyone, all the time. Now I’m on Facebook and several other platforms and I worry that if I am away from my computer for a whole day and don’t click “like” or make a comment on Facebook that friends and others will think I’m ignoring them. That’s a bit crazy!
Focus – Let’s get back to the idea of focus – did you know that every time you stop to answer an email or text it takes 10-15 minutes for your mind to refocus on the project you are working on? Recently I participated in a “Get it Done Day” with Joanna Lindenbaum of Soulful Coach – what was awesome about that was that I quit checking emails, Facebook or anything else and gave my undivided attention to one project. This was a project I’d been working on for six months – I got it done in six hours of concentrated work. That day really showed me the benefits of not checking my email constantly – or any of the other things that seem so immediate.
Thirty Minutes a Day – what if you try unplugging for just 30 minutes a day? Meditate, go for a walk, eat lunch with a friend, plan your day – do nothing. Then see if you can stretch that to an hour. I’m curious to see if you begin to feel less stressed and more in charge of your life….more connected to yourself. You’re doing your mind, spirit and body a favor when you unplug – even if it’s just for a short time.
The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sunset to sunset – and starts on the first Friday in March (March 7th this year) and go thru sunset on Saturday. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.”
Personally I love the idea of National Unplug Day – a full day in which I’m giving myself wholehearted permission to – hmmm, what will I do with more of me? Go to a movie? Make jewelry? Go to a concert with friends.
Virginia is unplugging to work in her amazing garden.
What will you do with a day off?
NOTE: THE DAY CHANGES EACH YEAR BUT IT’S ALWAYS THE FIRST PART OF MARCH. Click here for more info