Tuesday, December 29, 2015

We Dare You To Stop With The Electronics

I'll be honest...I'm tired. 

I feel like all I do...is everything. I wake up tired. I go to sleep tired. I'm tired throughout my entire day. I feel like I never really disconnect. I am constantly being pulled. Now please, don't get me wrong, I love my family, work, friends, and my life, but it feels like I am always on call. If not with face to face interactions, then on the computer, or my phone (talk, text, e-mails).

Do you ever ask yourself when does it stop? Well, that is exactly the question I have been asking myself lately.

This is not the first time I've asked myself this, but this time the question made me reminder that I didn't always feel tired. This past week I was reminded about the importance of taking breaks. I was reminded that a break is not just locking myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes with my phone. I was reminded that to be healthy, it is imperative that I rest. Not just getting sleep (physical rest), but also emotional rest (other people's stuff).

So, this brought about more questions. How do I get rest? What is good rest? What can lack of rest cost me and those in my life?

We say we take breaks, but do we really? Taking a break means stepping away from what you are doing. Change your focus for 10 to 20 minutes here and there. Look away from your computer, and not just to look down at your phone. Make sure you eat, and not just a candy bar, but an actual meal. Schedule yourself! Set an alarm, and when it goes off, get up and move! MIT and breaks

One of the things which causes me the most trouble, and seems to stop me from resting, is my phone. I (and I believe most of us) have become basically addicted to my electronic devices. When asked what I don't leave the house without, my phone is #2 on the list. People can get in touch with me at all hours, because I have allowed it. I receive phone calls, text messages, e-mails, Facebook alerts, Instagram alerts, and just about every other alert known! I look at my phone, see a number icon above an app, and my anxiety kicks in until I can get rid of that little number in the red circle. No red circles!!!  Sound familiar?

So you might ask yourself, why is she bitching about this, and pointing all this out about herself? You might say, "sure I'm on my electronic device(s) a lot". Or, "but I need to be available it's important". If these thought or other thoughts like them are running through your head then I say to you.


I dare you to commit to turning off all electronic devices for a set amount of time each day. Sleeping so doesn't count, cheaters!  Start with what you think you can do. 15 minutes, one hour, whatever you can commit to. In my family all electronic devices (kids too) have to be off when we are at the dinner table. This is how I have already started this challenge. Eating dinner together

Studies have shown that turning off electronics before bed helps us to sleep more restfully. This goes for kids too. Even that little blinking light or your screen lighting up causes disturbances to your sleep. Electronics in the bedroom Ladies, it's called beauty sleep for a reason, when you rest well, you feel better, and feeling better lets your inner beauty shine through!

So PLEASE! Make a commitment to shut the electronics down. Pick up a book (not a kindle), talk to your significant other, read to your kids, do yoga, take a bath, whatever renews you emotionally and mentally. Just put down the phone! Or at least try!  I know I am going to! Good luck!

Elisabeth Jane

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