Video: How to be more focused and creative
Do you sometimes feel like life is going at a million miles an hour?
Do you answer 'How are you?' with 'Busy!'
These days, life seems fuller than ever - there us so much to do, so many places to be, so many balls to keep in the air.
If we're not careful, we can end up in a state of chronic low level stress. This was me a few months ago.
Even though I was living a healthy lifestyle and looking after myself, I wasn't giving myself enough down time. It had been months since I'd switched off for more than an hour or 2 and I could remember the last time I'd gone a full day without working.
If you'd asked me, I wouldn't have said I was feeling stressed, but I was feeling scattered, unfocused and sometimes overwhelmed. I was busy, but not getting that much done. It wasn't until I hopped on a plane and headed to Europe for a holiday that I realised how stressed I had been.
We spent the first few days of our trip surrounded by nature, and almost completely unplugged from technology. Emails could wait, texts could wait, and social media was a no-go zone. I couldn't believe how great I felt after only a couple of days of switching off - I was calmer, clearer, more present, and I felt like my best self. I had heaps of energy (and no jet lag at all!) and I my skin looked healthy and glowing.
When I got home from my trip, I've made switching off a HUGE priority in my life. I spend several hours each day away from technology and at least one whole day each weekend. As a result I've been more productive than ever, more inspired than ever, more creative, and my stress levels are way, way down. I'm switching off and getting shiz done.
In today's video, I'm sharing with you some of the ways I switch off and more about why it's so freaking important that we give our lovely brains a break...
I know that switching off is hard and we can't all head off for a holiday in order to start using our phone less!
So I'm making it easy for you. I don't want you to feel like you have to go cold turkey and get super strict so that you're feeling guilty every time you get sucked into the Instagram black hole. It's not about completely cutting off from technology (it has many positive uses!)- it's about getting more balanced with our use and not using it to fill every moment of our day with stimulation.
I've created the October Phone Detox Challenge for my Happy Healthy Ease Facebook group - each day I'm sharing a tip that will gradually help you reduce your phone and techno usage.
If you'd love to get in on the action, you can join us by clicking here - we're up to Day 7 today and when you join you'll have access to the days 1 to 6 of the challenge straight away.
I'd love to know - what are your favourite ways to switch off?
Make sure you share this post with any phone-addicted buddies!
Lots of love,