Pulling the Plug
I have felt really overwhelmed lately. I have been working 7 days a week for quite a while now, working a full-time job, a part-time job, and working on my art and art marketing, and building an online business. Top it off, I am running to tee ball games, attempting to spend some quality time with the kiddo, trying to keep my relationship happy, and….well, you know, conquer the world.
This past Saturday was the first day I’ve had off in what felt like forever. I woke up and felt incredibly angsty. I didn’t like myself. I was frustrated and everything irritated me. I really couldn’t figure out where these feelings were coming from.
Then I decided to unplug. I fought the urge to look at my phone or computer all day. I didn’t text, I didn’t look at my social media networks, I didn’t play my electronic games, and I didn’t check emails. Everything could wait until the next day. It took a while, and I even had to fight a little self-guilt, but it worked. By mid-day my angst had went away and I was starting to enjoy my day. I went out and enjoyed the weather, fresh air, and sunshine. I rode a bicycle for the first time in 20 years and then drove a motorcycle for the first time in 10 years. By evening I had so many endorphins firing off from contacting with the “real world” that I could hardly sleep.
I’ve decided that I will commit one day a week to unplugging. To shutting off all of my technology and go enjoy real people and real experiences. To check back in with myself and see what I need. It’s important to refresh and fill myself back up so I can continue to be a quality person to those around me.