Monday, October 28, 2013

Unplugging - Getting Out of Download Mode


 
Do you ever feel that your thoughts are out of control? Do you find it hard to unplug and mentally rest? Do you struggle with laying on the couch and relaxing without feeling guilty? If these questions resonate with you, then perhaps you need to learn the art of uplugging. I am in the process of learning this too. Recently, I entered into a new chapter of my life where one of my life long dreams has become a reality and I am now in full time ministry and loving it! However, my mind stays fully engaged all day. I wake up thinking about ideas and responsibilities and I go to sleep thinking as well. The problem is, I'm having a hard time mentally unplugging. I'm in download mode all the time. In fact, my thought life looks like an electrical transformer on steroids! But I am learning a few strategies that are helping me to unplug. Perhaps they will help you too! Here they are:
  • Reading novels. I recommend the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.
  • Redoing furniture. Working with my hands helps to unwind. Some of my friends like to do crafts. I like to redo furniture.
  • Writing
  • Journaling
  • Exercising
  • Cups of tea and scented candles
  • Bubble baths
  • Watching the DIY channel - love it!
  • Listening to music while working and walking
  • Lunch friends
I'd enjoy hearing how you unplug too!