One Workday, No Blackberry & The Results Are?24 Feb 2010, by personal development, self-care, Stress in
Consciously choosing not to turn on my Blackberry for one whole day during the middle of my work week and stepping away from work can bring up anxiety and guilt. “Am I being responsible? I have so much to do, how will all my work ever get done?” are all questions of my ego uses to try to keep me settled into the daily throws of work. At first, stepping away felt tortuous. All too clearly, I begin to see the slight addictive behaviors I have toward checking my email and trying to stay on top of everything.
Nevertheless, I allowed my spirit to win! My spirit was telling me I needed a break. I have had to put in a lot of hours to get the audio series completed. This weekend, I am working on Sunday speaking at an event. Therefore, I decided, what if I acted as if Tuesday was really a Saturday? What would it be like to let myself off the hook during the weekday? Let me tell you it felt good!
My rational mind wouldn’t have thunk it but watching re-runs of The Office was exactly what my spirit needed. Usually, when I take breaks throughout my work day, I try to be spiritually conscious. I go for walks in nature and read inspiring passages. Yesterday was all about just allowing myself to relax and be a so-called “slug” ( my ego’s words, not mine) if that is what I needed.
After lying in bed watching three episodes of The Office, I did some coloring, took a nap, then a bath and made some homemade ice cream which I allowed myself to have prior to eating the pancake dinner I made for my family. All and all, a great day and a wonderful reminder that what fuels my spirit doesn’t have to be so serious or reflective. What fuels my spirit is the joy in just allowing myself to be. Oh and the result, as if feeling joyful and relaxed wasn’t enough – a renew enthusiasm toward delving back into my work!
With Joy, Michelle