With starting an online-based business and blogging, I have been spending more time on the computer and social media than normal. I’ve never been a huge TV watcher and certainly was never into video games. However, with the world we live in now, I feel like somehow I’m always staring at a screen. I’m a Physical Education teacher and yet when I teach Health, I use a giant Smart Board. Gone are the days of chalk/marker boards! Even my car dashboard has a crazy digital touch screen on it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the digital world and new technology, but sometimes, you just need to unplug!
This past week my fiancé and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Mexico and plan our destination wedding. At first, I was stressed about the timing of our “vacation” because I’m currently working a full time job, two part time jobs, starting my own business, and training for my first fitness competition (which is less than 3 weeks away, ahhh).
As we were packing to leave and saying goodbye to my parents, they reminded me to “stop and smell the roses”, to enjoy our vacation, to be in the moment and soak up all the wedding planning fun, to just relax, most importantly to breathe, and they suggested maybe I should unplug!
Since my parents are ALWAYS right, I took their advice and decided to unplug from the tech world for 5 days and just be. Be with my fiancé, be happily engaged, be planning our wedding, be focusing on our new chapter, be on a vacation, be on the beach with my toes in the sand, be at a nice dinner surrounded by beauty, just be. Man, did we both need that! Sometimes, you just need to unplug.
Technology is a wonderful thing and so convenient. Instant gratification at it’s finest; pulling out your phone and being able to research, find, or buy anything in the world. In a matter of seconds you can talk to anyone, anywhere; literally, the entire world! Social media is awesome and obviously makes networking and connecting easier than ever, but it can easily take over and skew our perception. I’m guilty of it and I know most of you are as well… the strange time warp where you get caught in the scrolling world; you know, profiles, pictures, instagram, pinterest…whatever it may be, you get caught for far more time then we’d like to admit. It’s no secret that social media has proven to cause feelings of being left out, self-doubt, and insecurities. Negative thoughts and feelings of envy/jealousy are toxic to our bodies. Sometimes, you just need to unplug.
During the few days where I unplugged, I was able to recharge and clear my mind. Without even meaning to, I came up with tons of business ideas. We were able to spend all of our time together without interruptions, just being. We got to read, slept like babies, saw all the beauty Riviera Maya had to offer, made it to the gym everyday, met tons of new friends, ate yummy foods, and soaked up the entire experience up. Not to mention, we planned a kicka** wedding for next year! Yes, I came home and had to catch up on e-mails, but I had tons of laundry to catch up on too, so who cares.
Sometimes, you just need to unplug!