When I first started running my business, I felt like I had to be “on” all the time because I was working with clients & felt like I needed to always be available for them. I didn’t know exactly how to approach all of my daily tasks while making sure that I was giving myself the necessary breaks that I needed. Since my business is online & started in social media management, I felt like I was constantly on social media. Constantly consuming information & trying to plan out content.
While I love social media, it can be draining & exhausting.
It can get frustrating because all you want to do is be productive because you have so much to do but the hustle of everyday life can get to be a lot. But, you’re feeling drained and unmotivated.
Sometimes, all you need is to take a break from everything. To unplug.
While it can be frustrating in the moment, these times often means that an incredible breakthrough is about to happen. It can be very uncomfortable in the moment, but knowing there was something incredible on the other side is a very empowering feeling!
So, I wanted to dedicate this post to talking about the benefits of unplugging and why you should be taking the time to unplug!
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ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE PRESENT.
The most important benefit of unplugging is that it allows you to be present. Technology, social media & just the hustle of everyday life can take away the ability to be present when we are so consumed in it.
When you allow yourself to unplug, you are allowing yourself to be present in the moment & stop all of the craziness going on in your mind. Take some time to turn off your phone, computer, TV, work, and give yourself some time to be present in the moment.
It is so incredibly refreshing to just feel what it’s like to turn everything OFF!
PRIORITIZE YOUR SELF CARE & WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
I am a BIG advocate for self care. It is so important to make sure that you are doing that that make you feel good and happy. When you are unplugging, make sure you are dedicating that time to something that makes you feel GOOD!
Giving yourself the time & space to get away from consuming so much information will be a life changing decision that you can do for yourself.
If you would like any guidance, I have a free Self Care Planning Worksheet that includes a checklist of self care items & a guide to help you develop your routine!
ALLOWS YOU TO DESTRESS.
It seems like nowadays we are all constantly stressed, which is not productive or helpful at all. Stress is just a part of being human and is something that is unavoidable, but you don’t have to be stressed all.the.time– nor should you be.
Related: How to Handle Stress & Overwhelm
Allowing yourself to unplug gives yourself the opportunity to calm your mind & calm your stress. When you are constantly consuming information, it’s only going to make you feel even more crappy & just add to your stress.
We don’t want that, do we?!
One of the most frustrating things is experiencing a lack of motivation. When you need to unplug, you often are feeling just so drained from all the information and it seems like a CHORE to get yourself to do anything.
Unplugging allows you to get grounded, rest your mind from all of the information you are consuming and start feeling refreshed.
Along with motivation, creativity also takes a hit. Your brain is begging for a break and just can’t think anymore & it doesn’t help trying to strain your brain into TRYING to be creative. That just leads to even more frustration because you can’t come up with anything & ultimately, burn out.
One of the very first things I noticed when I gave myself the time & space to unplug is that my creativity came back. After some time to take a break from everything, I picked up my camera to start gathering content & the creativity started flowing back. If I never gave myself the time away, it would have taken a lot longer to get back to business.
Unplugging can be hard. It can be hard to get yourself to just stop for some time while you gain some clarity. With it can come with confusion, frustration in yourself for not being able to keep going. We’re all learning, we’re all growing. It doesn’t stop. But, unplugging when you need it just might be exactly what you need to keep moving forward.
I do offer 1:1 coaching and invite you to check out my opportunities if that is something that you would be interested in. Click here for more information on my 1:1 coaching opportunities! <3
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Coach Jessie Shibko