Today, I have a story for you today about my overworked wifi router. (Spoiler Alert: this story isn’t really about my router. 😁)
A couple of weeks ago I was having some serious problems with my internet here at the house. My devices kept dropping their wifi connections and the ones that actually connects were running extremely slow.
I’d see the wifi icon pop on and I thought I was good to get some work done, but then that annoying “buffering” circle (that one we all hate to see when trying to be productive) would start spinning and everything would halt again.
So what did I do? Called tech support to get some coaching. And the solution? Unplug the router for about 5 minutes and then plug it back in. While the router was unplugged, restart my computer, and my phone. Let them all rest, and reset. Then plug the router back in and let them all reconnect…refreshed and ready to go!
Voila. All connections resolved, and internet speed back up to normal.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
You guessed it: this email is about giving yourself a break every once in a while…Letting your body disconnect, rest, and reset itself so it can run at optimal speed!
Especially when you feel like you are trying to run as fast as you can, but can barely keep up.
Sometimes taking a step away (temporarily) is exactly what you need to do to recharge and find the strength to finish strong; whether that is training for a race, training your muscles in the gym, or training your mind in school or at work!
Our society rewards pushing hard and never giving up. And both of those things are important – nothing gets done unless someone actually DOES the work. But there is a fine line between working hard, and destroying your body from lack of recovery and “burning the candle at both ends.”
Here’s another saying for you: “To every thing there is a season …”
Basically, if you push hard, you also need to take some time and rest just as “hard” so you can reset and power back up again.
Taking time to rest has absolutely NOTHING to do with being lazy or unproductive. In fact, recovery is a KEY part of being a productive and healthy person.
Often when you unplug, you come back more inspired, with fresh ideas to make improvements, and with more energy to take on your day. Your workouts will improve from sustained energy and stronger muscles.
How can you power down? It doesn’t mean vegging on the couch with a pint of ice cream, binge watching an entire season of something on Netflix (although it might).
It can be anything you enjoy. Any thing that allows you to unwind. For some people, it might mean doing something a little more active like playing softball or tennis, going skiing or swimming. For others it could be less active, like reading or painting or watching a movie.
Here are some everyday ways to unplug:
- Take a relaxing bath
- Get a massage or other bodywork
- Read a book (preferably not one about 10x-ing your productivity)
- Going for a walk or getting outside for some fresh air
- Playing with your children or pets
- Doing something creative: play music, woodwork, cook, anything crafty, etc.
- Going to a movie
- Gardening or working on your yard
- Rent an Airbnb for the weekend and get away for a bit (even somewhere local!)
- Take a nap
This process isn’t rocket science – it’s more about giving yourself the permission to just BE. Resting and resetting anyway you enjoy. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
If you’ve read this far, I’m hoping you are serious about the rest thing and willing to give it a try😃. Reply back to this email and let me know if you’re going to do something intentional this week to disconnect and recharge. I would be great to hear from you!
Have an amazing day,
Dedicated To Making Healthy Your Habit,