U is for Unplug

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at U… Unplug.

This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and concepts discussed are relevant to everyone and anyone.

U is for Unplug

In today’s day and age we seem to be constantly surrounded by and connected to technology. This makes it difficult to step back and relax.

I always feel much calmer and life seems much simpler when I have the opportunity to disconnect.

This can be as simple as switching off your phone and sitting outside for a while, or can be more involved including going away camping for a week or more to reconnect with nature.

Reconnecting with nature on our last camping trip
Reconnecting with nature on our last camping trip

I really need to work on unplugging more often.

Since becoming ill, I’ve spent more and more time online. In many ways this has been a great thing. It’s helped me connect with people like me, like you, who can understand what I’ve been going through and provide support. It’s been a great way of building my community, but it can be all consuming.

I do try to spend time outdoors every day but I’d like to expand it more and have at least one day that is completely technology free. I’ve tried this before and failed but I think it’s important. It will give me more time for reflection, more space for myself, and allow me to focus on what’s most important to me.

Do you ever take the opportunity to unplug?