Learning How to Switch Off – Thoughts from JP
Are you able to switch off? I’m not. In fact, I’m the absolutely useless at it. Whether it’s for a few hours or a whole day, as coaches, we I find the whole idea incredibly difficult.
I either end up A) feeling guilty and feeling like I should be working or B) I’m present physically but I’m not actually there mentally.
Although being ON certainly is advantageous in many aspects, it’s also detrimental in others.
I’ve always prided myself on being the hardest working person in the room which comes from my footballing days (I had to make up for the lack of talent somehow!) and although a good strength to have, it’s also a huge weakness.
I know that people and experiences are far more important than things. I also know that as great as technology and social media is for business etc. it also negatively impacts my ability to focus on the present.
This weekend was the first time in a long time I’ve been able to get away and actually switch off and spend time actually being present and not just “being there” – it was great.
We all have our flaws and I’m working on mine, here’s how:
1. I’ve downloaded the app “headspace” and making a commitment to spending 10 minutes a day focusing on forgetting about the world.
2. I’m going to start watching more Netflix with LC – an hour each evening to submerge myself in some fiction and get away from the daily stresses.
3. I’m going to start my day off right and take myself on a walk, leaving my phone at home.
What do you do to help you switch off and get away from the world?