Happiness

The importance of unplugging

If you’re a new blogger like me, things can get quite overwhelming. You want your website to look pretty so you go through all the WordPress themes you can find. You want to gain traffic, so you spend hours and hours pinning, tweeting and checking out other bloggers websites. Commenting and liking. Posting on Instagram and Facebook.  And then you also need to come up with content to write about, go over your piece several times to ensure yourself that it’s good, and then get over the fear of putting yourself out there. You’re trying to figure out how to get rid of those weird google-translated comments some computer places on your website (I remember the first time I got like 12 comments and felt so happy – until I realized they were not written by actual humans). You’re trying to figure out why the heck Google Analytics doesn’t seem to work and why two different programs for counting your visitors give you very, very different stats. Then you tackle Google plus and realize that’s a whole new world to find your way in. And although you probably love everything about it, it does get a little much at times.

It’s very tempting to spend all your time checking out your visitor counts and working social media to gain traffic, addictive even, but don’t forget the importance of unplugging every once in a while. I noticed that I was even dreaming of facebook, Pinterest and commenting on Twitter and in blog support groups at night. I did not rest properly, because even when I was sleeping my brain was still working social media. I did not have time to talk to Boyfriend because I was always commenting on blogs or something and he should not interrupt me when I’m working. But then I realized: I’m always working and it started to affect my sanity.

Take time to shut off your phone and computer and go outside with your dog or your mother and really enjoy the cold on your skin and the ducks in the water. Be mindful about your cup of tea and your time spent cooking a nice, healthy dinner for your family. It’s so important to also focus on other things besides your new and exciting business. Your brain needs to recharge. After all, how will you write great articles with a brain that’s too full and too tired to think straight? And how will you be inspiring if all you do is sit at your desk all day? Go out and have fun. Experience things you can later write about. Regroup. Read a book (actually, read a LOT. Good writers read a whole lot. You will only be a better writer for it).

If things do get overwhelming, try using a notebook of bullet journal to dump your thoughts in. After you’ve written down what you absolutely need to remember in order to write that blogpost, you can forget about it and have a breather. I just started a bulletjournal myself and I really love it – though I already knew it would be perfect for me since I’m a big fan of lists, and I’m very bad at remembering things. Write down EVERYTHING. You never know when it comes in handy or when you’re ready to write about a certain subject you’ve written down months ago. If you’re ever short of ideas, you have a back up.

Even if you’re not a blogger, but just a social media addict or have a lot of online friends (as I know lots of spoonies do, myself included), I think it’s refreshing to just put your phone away for a day or two. Pick up a book or cook a new dish. Get creative! Your followers can live without you for a few hours. I promise.

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32 Comments

  1. Ahhhh – someone else who knows what it’s like to have to listen to my brain all day long. It’s frustrating when my brain wants to do things, and my body won’t cooperate.

    1. admin

      So freakin’ frustrating! :’)

  2. So true!! Unplugging at least once a day is so important. I make myself do it three times a day, in the morning I reserve 2 hours for exercise/shower/cooking breakfast, take a one hour yoga break mid day, then reading at night. Not only is it healthy, but it makes me more productive when i AM working! great post and great points 🙂

    1. admin

      That sounds great! Have unplugged time scheduled sounds even better because then you actually do it. Thank you for commenting!

  3. So true, my blog is only a few weeks old and I find myself almost constantly overwhelmed. My boyfriend made a wonderful suggestion, take a day off. I am sick so ita been the perfect time. Taking the past 2 days off has been necessary for sure! Love your blog, keep up the good work!!

    1. admin

      When you’re starting out with blogging, everything is so darn interesting and important that you forget that you need to rest at times as well haha. Well done for taking a day off, and I hope you will feel better soon! x

  4. GREAT advice.. in fact, I think I’ll unplug right now! It’s a beautiful day with the sun shining. 🙂 Thanks for the post!

    1. admin

      Great idea! Enjoy your day in the sun!

  5. Yes! A million times yes!

    We absolutely MUST find times to unplug and recharge ourselves as part of our self-care practice!

    1. admin

      Such an enthousiastic reaction, love it! 🙂

  6. This is good advice for anyone! Phones, computers, and television are replacing relationships and the simple, beautiful things in life! Excellent post!

    1. admin

      That’s very true! We should look at each other more than at our screens. Or at least, be aware of it. Thank you for commenting!

  7. Great article. Unplugging has been a serious part of my own happiness journey. A wealth of information equals a poverty of attention. Unplugging allows us to be more present and more productive in the long run. Great article, I totally agree!

    1. admin

      I loved what you said there: a wealth of information equals a poverty of attention. That is so true! Never thought of it like that. Thank you for commenting!

  8. Lovely post! It is important to unplug, even for a couple hours. I struggle with this quite a bit!

  9. I can not express enough how much I can relate to this! New blogger here, well kind of…I started a blog about 7 years ago and blogged for a while on Blogger then stopped. I am coming back into blogging and OH MY has everything changed! I have had to take a few ‘Time Outs” as I like to call them, sometimes you just need to regroup and start fresh at a later time.

    1. admin

      Overwhelming isn’t it?! I love everything I have to do, but boy, does it get crazy sometimes! Time-outs are so important to keep my sanity in check! 🙂

  10. I’ve been working on unplugging. I was just talking with my husband about this yesterday. I’m literally on my phone until just before I close my eyes for bed. I really want to stay off of electronic devices at least an hour before bed.

    1. admin

      That’s my new habit too, no phone or computer an hour before bed. Harder than I thought! Just sending out a few tweets, checking email… no! And my phone is not within reach when I’m in bed, because I will grab it as soon as I wake up in the middle of the night. Bad, huh?

  11. I need to keep this in mind more often. Occasionally I’ll give myself a day off from the Internet and social media, but I should do that more often. Thank you!

  12. I definitely need to put down my phone and step away from my computer more often. Thanks for the reminder ❤️

    1. admin

      You’re very welcome! 🙂

  13. unplugging is one of my goals for 2017! Being present without technology is rare form. Thanks for sharing!

    1. admin

      Good for you! 🙂 Thank you for commenting!

  14. I found your blog on the facebook group for bloggers and am so glad I did! I felt the same way when I started blogging, and still do to this day at times. You want everything to look great and to keep updating things, but sometimes it’s so great to unplug and take a rest. Hope you’re having a lovely week!

    http://mylovelierdays.com

    1. admin

      I’m so glad you found my website! 🙂 I’ll go check out yours! you have a nice week too!

  15. Thank you for this important reminder! It is so easy to get caught up in promoting and being social especially blogging and starting out!

    1. admin

      You’re addicted before you know it haha 🙂

  16. Unplugging is so important for your energy to be restored. I am guilty of the “always” working thing and wonder why I’m so wiped out all the time lol.

    1. admin

      Hahaha exactly!

  17. Amen! I have to be very intentional about “unplugging” otherwise, all of a sudden I realize I am facing burnout. Love the journaling/brain dump idea! Works great for me! I also often have to do something completely mind numbing…just to give myself a break.

    1. admin

      Yes, me too. Enjoy but be careful you don’t lose all of your energy because of it!

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