Entering into the month of August, I'm getting ready to journey back home to Spain after spending four weeks in Ireland. My time in this beautifully lush country has taught me endless lessons about myself and the world around me (we'll get to that in another post) but more than anything, I've learned how to disconnect and how to seemingly be okay with it.
We live in a world that encourages us to always do more and to be accessible. When running and growing a business, I often fall guilty to not unplugging as much as I should. While being in Ireland, I had to learn what it means to truly slow down and disconnect.
I'll admit that at the beginning of my trip, I struggled with the fact that I wouldn't be able to work as much as I wanted to but as time went on, I truly came to find balance. Here are four things I've learned in the past month about disconnecting and I hope it helps one of you do the same.
Balance Your Days
Being someone who normally lives and breathes off of their calendar, it's important to remember that your days should be balanced. It's possible to do your essential work tasks when you're at your prime, celebrate that they're finished and take the rest of the day to do other things that bring you joy.
Scheduling in time for creativity, exercise, exploring and learning is just as important as scheduling in the time for meetings and emails.
Leave Your Phone at Home
I dare you. Try leaving your phone at home or keeping it on airplane mode while you're out. This will challenge you to truly live in the moment, not focus on uploading to Instagram or Snapchat and responding to Whatsapp messages. Social media will be there when you get back... I promise.
During my time here, I've been blessed to not have data so when outside of the house, I could be truly present and disconnected to embrace where I was and what I was doing at all times. So the next time you leave the house, try going empty handed and I promise, the world won't end.
Wake Up Early + Cherish That Time
I can't stress enough the peace that comes when you wake up before the rest of the world and tryly embrace the quiet of the morning. Ireland is magical because there are so many hours of natural light during the summer, which means being able to wake up at 6:45am to a bright sky.
Early hours allow you to have time to truly think and be alone. My routine this past month was to wake up, go for a walk or run with some great music, come back to have breakfast and read, practice gratefulness, do some big thinking and then start my day... all before 8:30am.
Becoming a morning person isn't as difficult as you think and the hours when you first wake up is when your brain is at it's best, so take full advantage and without distractions.
Explore Without a Destination
Get outside and go explore. Find new places you've never seen before. Stroll around and see what you run into. Don't be held back by being connected to your screen but have conversations with strangers and get to know new people. You'll reach new heights and be inspired by just taking out the time to disconnect, explore and view things through a different lens.
Sometimes we're put into situations that force us to disconnect but I challenge you this month to take out time, at least 3 days a week to disconnect and I promise you, the outcome will be better than you would have ever expected.