Ways to stay recharged & plugged into your self-care
I'm standing on the train platform at 6:30am Thanksgiving morning enjoying the rare quiet and slow paced energy of an early morning in the city, while waiting for the train to get to yoga. As the train arrives and the doors open, I walk on to the train cart and to my surprise I'm the only person on the train car! I couldn’t believe it!
I have lived in the city for 12 years and I’m a regular train rider, which is usually jam packed with people, so this was surreal. I immediately pulled out my cell phone to capture the moment.
Our cell phones can be so amazing and convenient for taking a picture to capture the moment, sending a text to your spouse to add an item on to the food shopping list, or letting someone know when you're running a couple minutes late.
However, despite all these convenient uses when we use anything in excess it can drain us. Typically when I am on the train everyone is head down typing, swiping or scrolling on their phone. This has become common practice to have our phones on us at all times and use them while we wait, commute, and even when we are spending time with others.
We may be charging our cell phone battery more than we are charging our own battery!
Since we are constantly with phone in hand which offers us many different beeps, chirps and rings to grab our attention it becomes easier and easier to live in a constant state of distraction being bombarded with information from multiple different platforms.
Although having access to all this information is amazing, the drain occurs when we are scrolling and swiping on AUTOMATIC PILOT.
You may find yourself grabbing your phone to look at the yoga schedule, when you hear a beep and you switch screens to read an incoming text message. From the text message you google information about something that was mentioned in the text message, only to find yourself interested in a blog post that came up during your google search. While reading the blog, you remember that thing you have been meaning to order off amazon and then your clicking on another link to something else that looks interesting. FINALLY, you come out of this zombie like haze and realize you just spent an hour between screen switching and watching cute cat videos on youtube instead of spending time with your real cat or completing the original task of looking at the yoga schedule.
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This automatic pilot zombie like haze can also reinforce the habit of constant multitasking. We all love to think that we can do multiple things at the same time, but attempting to multitask actually slows us down from completing the original task. Along with slowing us down, it also leads to higher rates of inaccuracy. We have all seen what autocorrect on text messaging can do when we are texting and completing another task at the same time. It can be ducking ridiculous. Multitasking is also an energy drain because it can leave you feeling stressed and rushed.
Here are my favorite ways to keep your battery charged and plugged into your self-care.
Use an alarm clock
As a minimalist fanatic, I strongly discourage throwing away your alarm clock during your decluttering frenzy. It can be convenient to use your cell phone as a camera, calculator, computer but using your phone as an alarm clock can make it too easy to start swiping, scrolling and typing even before you get out of bed in the morning.
Use your phone intentionally
Delegate times during the day when you will check emails, search the web, use social media or watch those cute cat videos on YouTube. Removing notifications from your phone can be a helpful way to eliminate the temptation to jump on your phone unintentionally.
Go electronic free
Set aside time each day to be free of your electronics. Whether it’s your cell phone or a computer it can feel like you’re in front of a screen most of the day.
Be more plugged in and mindful by:
- leaving your phone at home next time you go out for a walk or when meeting a friend.
- Set aside quiet time, electronic free to meditate, journal or complete gratitude statements.