Constant and consistent blogging could easily take its toll on me. Couple that with several business trips per month, putting together campaigns with brands, and being a wife and mom I have to make sure I take a step back from it all or else I could fall off the deep end — quickly!
For me there is no better way to stay grounded than getting out in nature. Yesterday my family and I took a 7 mile walk at a local lake. It took two hours to complete, but the benefits were phenomenal.
During two hours of walking I relaxed my mind, spent quality time with my husband and my girls and thought about other things than my computer. Some serious soul work was taking place yesterday and I feel wonderfully refeshed today.
For those of us who work digitally, getting away from the keyboard and computer screen is a must! At the end of the day there is an innate need to simplify our lives because perpetually working online creates the grand tendency to work without ceasing, all the while neglecting to take personal moments to ourselves. Without realizing it, our lives become obsessively wrapped up in our phones, email, blogging, Twitter, and Facebook.
It’s up to us to make sure we take time to decompress and then come back refreshed and ready to work.
Decompressing is deeply correlated with quality work. Whenever I am frazzled, my work suffers. Whenever I am refreshed my work sings. Sometimes work and projects dictate that I stay in a temporary state of flux, exhaustion, and self-preservation. At these times I need to remind myself to get out in nature or simply take time to meditate. Honestly, it doesn’t always happen because oftentimes I fall victim to the false idea of digital immediacy.
As the year progresses and my work expands (especially as the holidays near) I will be working on a practice of getting out more in nature and concentrating on producing more and more quality work and staying sane in the meantime.
What about you?