The Benefits of Unplugging
Just as your work computer or laptop is shut down for updates over the weekend. The same process is recommended for you.
Here are 4 things you need to help you disconnect, detach, and reset after a hard week of work.
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1. Give Yourself Permission
That’s the first step. In order to be able to unplug and focus on your mental health, you have to give yourself permission. “I will get to that tomorrow” or “This is something that can be handled at a later time” are phrases that should begin to pop up in your daily conversations. Until you are able to feel confident in “reclaiming your time”, you will always feel like you are playing catch up. There’s a reason that airlines say, “Secure your own mask before you try and help those around you.”
2. Click the “Off” Switch.
Taking a moment to be alone and recover from always being “on” is a great way to reset. We spend most of our day on collaborative activities, emails, meetings and more. No matter what type of person you are, interacting with others for the entire day can be a major drain. No one likes to to feel isolated, but some time alone is essential. Solitude is a major tool in disconnecting, and recharging your mind and body
A few constructive ways you can add a bit of solitude to your after-work recovery routine:
- Ask to be alone while you prep and cook dinner
- Give yourself a half-hour of quiet time before bed
- Go for a 15-minute post-dinner walk
3. Work or Learn a Hobby
Some may think it to be counterintuitive to spend more time on hobbies and learning, but it works! Engaging in new and fun activities has been proven to help with detaching from stress and refocusing with positive effects. Hobbies help you feel rewarded and productive. You are left with a realized example of your creative, the fun you’ve had.
4. Create A Shutdown Routine
Having control of your personal time is essential for healthy living. You often don't have control over what happens at work and your time away from work can be filled with family obligations; so having control of your personal time is paramount. One key way to reclaim your personal time is creating an end-of-day routine. This routine or ritual is all you and is a reminder that no matter what happened during the day, you're in control of your time.
When you create your own "shutdown ritual", one that focuses on control and positivity, you are giving yourself the ability to rewrite your day and always have a happy ending.
Your ritual is just that, yours, but here are a few things that have been shown to help others.
- Write your to-do list for tomorrow or visualize your day
- Close open browser tabs and clean up your desktop
- Choose your clothes for the following day and pack your bag
- Read a chapter of your favorite book
- Take a relaxing shower or bath; throw in a shower puck or bath bomb for good measure
- Reflect on your day and/or write in a gratitude journal
Which ever way you choose to disconnect, understand that it is an extremely personal experience. You are in control. You may select one or all of the activities from the list above but understand that in order for you to be happy and healthy, you need to focus on you.