I just wanted to send you a little reminder to get away from your screens and digital devices and pay attention to your life.
I’ve felt stressed lately, without even realizing it or knowing why. But I got home from work on Thursday and took a little nap—only to wake up at 3:30 a.m., having gotten my full 8 hours of sleep and then some! I got up, got ready for bed (e.g. took out my contacts, brushed my teeth, put my pajamas on), and went back to sleep for three more hours.
I woke the second time feeling rested, but wondering, “Why on earth did I need so much sleep?”
Friday at work I felt restless, not knowing what to do with myself, and unable to focus on anything. There was so much floating around in my head that it was impossible to concentrate on any task for longer than 5 minutes. I knew I was being ADD with my to-do list, and I was also extremely aware of the fact that the human attention span in general has shrunk significantly over the past 15 years. But I couldn’t make myself buckle down and get anything done.
Saturday, I took charge and got my life back on track.
I woke up early, had a good breakfast of scrambled eggs with spinach and green onion in a corn tortilla, and was out the door by 8:55 for beach volleyball. The day was overcast and cool with a chilly wind, but we still had a good turnout of 3-on-4, and the sun peaked through the clouds halfway through the morning.
My day only got better from there. I went to a coffee shop for a few hours to concentrate on ONE TASK, which I was able to do by listening to music and putting my phone away, out of reach, and in airplane mode.
Then I went grocery shopping—something I haven’t dedicated any time to in several weeks. It was incredibly satisfying to walk in the house, arms laden with shopping bags, and fill my empty larder.
I made a delicious dinner, then met up with friends for a movie.
Sometimes you get so caught up in other things that you forget what it’s like to slow down and do ordinary day-to-day tasks. I don’t know what I’ve been busy with lately, but wow, what a difference some quality “re-setting” time can make!
Sunday I woke up and without even looking at the time (and hence not looking at my phone), I went for a run on the beach, the only sounds being the waves hitting the shore and the seagulls overhead.
During my run, I decided that I’m going to exercise for 7 days straight. I don’t know why I stopped exercising, but I feel like I haven’t been doing much in the past few months. I know that exercise helps clear the brain; maybe this will help me stay more focused and happy as well.
Seven days in a row is all I’m aiming for right now, but my hope is that forcing myself to do it every day will remind me why it’s so necessary, and I’ll get into a more regular routine with exercise again.
When I got home, I put on my Susie Homemaker apron, and cleaned the entire apartment, did all my laundry, and baked bread. I also shaved my legs, cut all my nails, sewed a button back on my coat, and tightened the leg on my kitchen chair.
It’s the little things.
I barely touched an electronic device all morning, and didn’t touch a computer until evening.
Try it. It feels incredible.
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