“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” —Anne Lamott

'Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.' —Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott’s quote beautifully captures how taking a brief time to unplug can rejuvenate us, just like restarting a gadget. When we are constantly stressed, overstimulated, and overworked, unplugging allows us to regain perspective and energy. Ideally, we should take the time to do this daily.

Stepping back and disconnecting from technology and other stressors gives our minds the space we need. Our thoughts settle, our breathing deepens, and we recenter ourselves.

Time unplugged lets us reflect on life’s deeper meaning and reconnect with our priorities and purpose. Getting away from the frenzied pace of constant connectivity allows our bodies to relax. Our nervous systems can reset. Time without stimuli and distractions opens up space for insights and creativity.

Regularly taking mini-sabbaticals from our devices and responsibilities gives us the renewal we need to function at our best. It clears away the clutter and noise so that we can refocus. A short walk outdoors without our phones, an hour to read for pleasure, a weekend retreat – these pleasant pauses from productivity re-energize us. They allow our frazzled circuits to cool off so we return with more presence.

When we take Lamott’s advice and temporarily disconnect, we come back feeling our true selves again – relaxed, balanced, recharged, and ready to give our best energy. Unplug even briefly, and so much starts working again, especially you.


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