Unplug: Thoughts on Slowing Down

It should be so easy to slow down, to step away from the computer, to put away my phone. With the holidays approaching, I want to spend more time in the real world and less time online. Yet, my phone and my computer constantly call to me, singing a siren song that is hard to ignore.

“Shouldn’t you be working on your blog?”

“The holiday sales are starting. Quick! Check all your favorite stores…”

“Wasn’t there something you were going to research for a story? Why don’t you go on Pinterest until you remember what you were going to do?”

Then, down the rabbit hole I go, all attempt at unplugging forgotten.

A few thoughts on slowing down and unplugging from the rabbit hole known as the Internet.

But, yesterday, in a sort of compromise between onlineΒ and offline interests, I listened to a podcast while doing my morning stretches. I spent the afternoon finishing a crochet hat while watching Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Then in a nod to the holiday season, I watched my first Hallmark Christmas movie of the year while working on my blog. Yes, I watched way too much TV yesterday, but it was a most relaxing day. I haven’t quite mastered saying no to the Internet rabbit hole, but I think slowing down, even just a little bit, is a good place to start.

In other news, I’ve written a new post for SheKnows, which continues my thoughts on life with chronic pain. (See my first post here.) On a lighter note, I’ve been featured on Nordic Beauty’s latest Nail Philosophy post.

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41 comments

  1. This season is always a bit overwhelming to me, plus my daughters birthday is right before Thanksgiving. I’m trying to stay ahead of the game, but it’s hard! I am enjoying the Christmas music on the radio and I got my tree up (with my daughters help) last weekend! Trying to get the house decorated before Thanksgiving (an absolute first!) before we head out of town next week. Congrats on the feature!!!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  2. Ah yes! I so need to unplug a bit this weekend! There is just so much going on right now and it is good to turn off the noise once in a while.

  3. I always plan on going offline for at least a day, but I somehow always get drawn back into my computer or iPhone. I’ve therefore decided to spend at least one hour a day writing a letter with pen and paper, or read a book (not an ebook! Haha), which is a great way for me to clear my head πŸ™‚

  4. There is so much to get done as Christmas approaches, definitely! I hope you find some time to unplug and relax and enjoy time with your family πŸ™‚ Mealtimes are always good for leaving the phone and computer behind!

  5. I am a bad unplugger, but I read that book and I was so excited to finally get to watch it on Netflix. They stayed really true to the book!

  6. This year is tricky for unplugging – outside is pretty miserable so it’s much more tempting to stay in/on the internet. Bad idea! I needed this reminder, so thanks.

    I read your second post on chronic pain – I have chronic back pain too, so I would say I sympathise but nobody understands anyone else’s pain. So, I’m sorry for your troubles and I hope you are able to get to a resolution soon.
    Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad recently posted..How to eat gluten free on the Amtrak Empire BuilderMy Profile

  7. I think slowing down is very good, I try my best to keep this on my mind – I use computers just 10 min on Sundays. I read your post about back pain now, but the Nordic Beauty didn’t work πŸ™ I am sorry for the back pain, and how strange that friend that invited you to go out and as you said you had back pain, she still said “it’ll be fun, come!” And not having a diagnosis doesn’t stop the pain, that’s true! Nevertheless, I hope you have a nice weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  8. I always feel better about doing something passive (like watching TV) by combining it with something active (like knitting or doing Sodoku). Like you, I often feel the impulse to be productive but we need and are entitled to relax also. Never feel bad about chillin’; it gives us strength.

  9. Can’t say it for myself, but we did a screen free week with the kids (Day 4, woohoo!) and I have to say we’re all a lot calmer. I was nervous about losing my crutch for when things got busy but they’re getting more and more imaginative with each opportunity for free play.

  10. I’m finding it very difficult to unplug myself these days, and you’re right. “Just five minutes” on Pinterest becomes an hour, and soon I’m popping on to my favorite online shopping site and before I know it, half the day is wasted. Thanks for the reminder to step back, breathe in, and take in life as it’s happening.

    Also I’d like to check out this podcast πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a beautiful week, my sweet!
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  11. It seems a fantastic plan and I do the same on holidays. But, for me, holidays are for blogging, I mean: I have an stressful job so when I don’t have to work, my first hobby is my blog and this is what really make me happy.

  12. I am exactly the same, even when I am in bed I find myself reaching for my phone to check it one last time. It’s crazy how absorbed we get and finding a balance. Glad you managed to get things done!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  13. I desperately need to unplug a bit, but with moving across the country, I feel so behind and even more rushed to catch up and plug in that much more. Like you, I’m trying to find small ways to get off the web. I also picked up my knitting a few nights ago, and I’m working on a striped scarf. It’s been years! And next week, we’re starting our Christmas movie marathon, and I refuse to have my phone in-hand while we watch.

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

  14. Yes it can be hard to unplug. Very hard. But I have been feeling the same way lately. Need more time in the real world. And the dark side of social media and the internet which was revealed by this horrifying election. Yes more time offline baking cookies, watching Netlflix and protesting sounds good.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

  15. I know..With everything blogging involves, there is an imperative need to be holding your phone or laptop..
    but at least there should be a day of sanity..like with every job!

  16. I feel like I’m slowing down a little more these days. However, I was sick…and honestly, I really didn’t stop completely, because I was still constantly checking my phone. When you do step away it’s hard, because you know that means your blog may not get any love if you’re not out there promoting it or giving love back.
    Anyway, I plan to take a break in December…. it’s not a solid plan just yet.
    Plus we have a swap to plan!!! πŸ™‚
    XOXO