The world we live in, full of technology and information, requires us to be wired, all the time. Just like sleep, we need to shut off our devices on a daily basis to recharge, and rejuvenate.  The intentional practice of shutting down our devices on a daily basis does wonders for our mental clarity and spiritual well-being. Click the image to head over and read more about this, and other intentional steps to radical self care on Lisa Designs Life.com

The Daily Reboot: Intentional Steps to Radical Self-Care

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The world we live in, full of technology and information, requires us to be wired, all the time. Just like sleep, we need to shut off our devices on a daily basis to recharge, and rejuvenate.  The intentional practice of shutting down our devices on a daily basis does wonders for our mental clarity and spiritual well-being. Click the image to head over and read more about this, and other intentional steps to radical self care on Lisa Designs Life.com

The world we live in, full of technology and information, requires us to be wired, all the time. A plethora of communication options are available to us: amongst the widely used are email, text, and video.  With the explosion of social media, a legion of social apps has also become available: WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, just to name a few.  Let’s not forget the stories on Instagram, Facebook Live, Periscope, and the favored among millennials: Snapchat.

The world we live in, full of technology and information, requires us to be wired, all the time. Just like sleep, we need to shut off our devices on a daily basis to recharge and rejuvenate.  The intentional practice of shutting down our devices on a daily basis does wonders for our mental clarity and spiritual well-being. Click the image to head over and read the post about this and other intentional steps to radical self care on Lisa Designs Life.com

With so many communication channels, we are bombarded with information, ideas, and ideals. 

The world we live in, full of technology and information, requires us to be wired, all the time. Just like sleep, we need to shut off our devices on a daily basis to recharge, and rejuvenate.  The intentional practice of shutting down our devices on a daily basis does wonders for our mental clarity and spiritual well-being. Click the image to head over and read the post about this and other intentional steps to radical self care on Lisa Designs Life.com

Just like sleep, we need to shut off our devices on a daily basis to recharge, remember and rejuvenate.  The intentional practice of shutting down our devices on a daily basis, coupled with the mindful action to turn our attention away from the digital world does wonders for our mental clarity and spiritual well-being.

Turning it off does NOT mean that we are unresponsive or irresponsible. 

Shutting off and rebooting, both our devices and ourselves

is a spiritual practice of radical self-care in today’s demanding society. 

It is self-love and self-preservation, enabling us to rejuvenate and create space to be readily available for more, as we are needed. 

Intentional self care doesn't need to be complicated or take a lot of time. Click to grab these self care ideas you can implement today and be on your way to a better YOU!Consider the following intentional 5 Steps to take care of yourself in a world that may seem to pull you off in all sorts different directions.

Step 1: Saying “Yes!” to Yourself

Shutting off attention to our devices requires an intentional, mindful decision.  Know that whatever is going on in cyberspace through our device can wait.  This means that the conversations we are having with others in our groups or messages will still be there when we come back to it. 

Shutting off and making space for wellness

is an intentional act of self-care and self-love.

Step 2: Make It a Ritual

To create ease in this practice, choose and time to consistently carry out your plan for self-care. Decide on a time and the length of shut down. For example, you might decide that you will consciously and intentionally get offline at 4 pm daily, for 30 minutes each day.  When 4 o’clock comes around, find a consistent spot and take your device along.

Take a mindful breath, and intentionally turn off your device.  Set an alarm for 30 minutes or however long your commitment is to stay offline. And go do something else for 30 minutes without the ding of notifications.

If 30 minutes seems undoable, start with 5 minutes and work up to 30 minutes.  As you get used to this ritual, challenge yourself and go a full hour without your device. Yoga is a great way to spend your 30 minutes, and learn relaxation breathing techniques.

 Step 3: Draw Boundaries

Decide when you will shut off your device for the night, and when it will come on again in the morning.  If shut off seems precarious, silence it. Remember that technology is a tool to enhance our lives.  When we become tethered, dependent and absorbed in our devices, we have less time in the experiential process of living, causing us to miss out on the world physically around us, including ourselves.

Step 4: Drop it Like It’s Hot

Shutting off our devices is one way to remind us that there is a whole world of life to be embraced offline.  Turning it off is the motion we go through.  Detaching from our device, thinking about something else other than our online world, is just as important.  Releasing our energetic connection and sense of responsibility, even for a bit, can help restore our sense of well-being, reminding us that life is also to experienced, lived in community with others outside of cyberspace.

First and foremost to yourself, Radical self-care starts with saying “Yes!”

One cannot serve from an empty cup.  

To keep your energy full and attitude positive, make an intentional decision to create a practice that will serve you, enabling you to live honestly within your own boundaries and, as needed, detach and live untethered.  After all, we can only be truly free when we live present.

A huge thank you to my friend Evelyn for this lovely guest post, we all need these reminders daily!

Rev. Evelyn Foreman is the founder and CEO of Path of Presence www.PathofPresence.com. Her mission is to help heart-centered entrepreneurs stay positive, present, and inspired, as they grow their business & following online.

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Posted November 8, 2017 by Lisa in Inspire Wellness / 33 Comments

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33 responses to “The Daily Reboot: Intentional Steps to Radical Self-Care

  1. these are all great tips and I personally love #3, with all the demands coming my way learning where to draw clear boundaries has helped me save my sanity lol, thanks foir sharing.

    • Thank you for this valuable article! Self-care is often underestimated. Many people forget that it’s essential for our health and wellbeing, body and mind. I hope you reach many people and inspire them with the message 🙂

  2. This is such a great post. I wish I had read it about a year ago, honestly! I found that I became so addicted to my phone, always checking work email, randomly scrolling through SM, just using it as a crutch when I was bored. It impacted my sense of self, my marriage and, sadly, even my relationship with my children. Fast forward 8 months and I found that totally disconnecting for a short period of time (I intentionally left my job that was 24/7, slowed down and went off SM for 2 months) allowed me to refresh and come back better and more balanced. Now, my phone goes away every day at 5:00. I literally have to lock it away, but whatever works. I have a watch that alerts me to texts and emails if it’s an emergency, but other than that, I just live! I find myself so much fresher and I feel free from the burden of always checking. Thanks for sharing! I hope others read it and really get your message!

    • Meaghan, sorry to hear that you went thru a difficult time, so appreciate your honesty. By sharing with others you are helping them to realize they might go down the same road if they don’t take steps now to make the necessary changes. Glad you are doing so much better!

  3. YES! I have been working on this lately. I deleted social media from my phone so I have to intentionally sit down at my laptop for a set amount of time to work or play online. I don’t mindlessly scroll this way.

  4. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been so bad at this lately. I seem to be glued to my phone for no apparent reason at all! My kids watch me all the time and they’ll even physically pull me away from the computer or take my phone away from me. They force me to be in the moment with them.

  5. I really enjoyed reading this. I just started shutting everyone down at a certain time to take a time out for myself. I have 3 cell phones and it is tough but I’m making it a priority! Love drop it like it’s hot!

  6. I really love this post. I try to “unplug” on the weekends, this allows me so much more time with my kids and my husband. I hate when we are all just staring at our phones, TV or our iPads but sitting in the same room. Making a New Years resolution to be better about this.

  7. These tips are all SO important. The “boundaries” point rings particularly true for me right now. I just finished writing a loooong post on work-life balance, the importance of which I learned the hard way after I didn’t set boundaries at my last job and let myself be taken advantage of. Now, I just want to spread the message of setting boundaries before someone else sets them for you! Great post.

  8. I definitely need to start implementing a time where I don’t look at my phone. The only time I do not have my phone by my side is when I am doing a yoga practice, like you mentioned above. I would like to start waking up every morning and not checking my phone until I’ve been awake for a whole hour; I think that will really make a difference!

    • Hi Jeanne, I really like the idea of simply not grabbing our phone for the first hour after we wake up. Enjoy the people we are with, or watch the sunrise, instead of staring at a screen.

  9. I love all these tips. Shutting off devices is a great way to achieve a peaceful mind even just for a few hours. I love the idea of making it a ritual to shut off devices.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post, Sarah. Evelyn is an amazing writer, and definitely one to follow for amazing tips towards a more peaceful life. Grab her podcast at the bottom of the post, it is awesome!

  10. Self–care is so important, especially as we enter the winter months. I think doing a digital detox can be really helpful and these tips are spot on. I love that you included a free download for a meditation as well! I just started practicing meditation so that is super helpful.

  11. Lisa…you’ve really hit the nail on the head. While I struggle to juggle it all…sometimes shutting off is what I need the most. As I try to teach my children to step away from the devices… I too need to follow my own advice to take better care of myself!

  12. Ana

    I love this post Lisa! I need to practice more of this kind of self-care! I love taking a few days off of posting on social media, feels freeing!

  13. how true! it is so easy to get hooked without realizing how draining it is to be online all the time! my husband and i make it a point that we are offline for an hour a day and spend good quality time together, it was difficult at the beginning and then it becomes a habit…as they say, it takes 21 days to form a habit! 🙂 thank you for the tips!

    • I love this Patricia-Ann, and I am sure my husband would too! We need to set a certain every day so both of us put down the phone or iPad and have a good old-fashioned conversation!

  14. You are so right about saying yes to yourself ! I somehow always never seem to have the time but I need to stop making excuses and get better at it . Thanks for the inspiration Lisa 🙂

  15. Ughhh, boy did I need this right now! I need to put the device down most of all. It’s draining me and my self are will likely be more effective with less screen time.

    • It’s such a hard thing to do isn’t it Jenn. Perhaps setting aside a specific time each day when you will remove yourself from all screen might help?

  16. Doreen

    I love this! I turn off my phone on the weekend from morning until later in the after and Saturday morning when I go for my long reflective walk. You just need that ‘silence’ from the buzzing phone for just a bit. It does some good and true, the calls or chats can wait.

    • Hi Doreen, glad you stopped by to check out Evelyn’s guest post. I so wish I could go without my phone but as we do not have any other contact number, it needs to be on all the time. What I have done is remove social media, and turn off notifications on my phone, this has proven to be of great benefit to my mental health. And we can still be contacted in the case of an emergency.

  17. Claire

    This is a great reminder of how self-caring is super important. I always try to be the best version of me.

  18. This is so true, and helpful. I switch off my phone every day at 6pm and turn it back on at 7am. I try to make it a time to detoxify myself from social media, because there’s just too much that is happening! We should all have me time that doesn’t involve social media!

  19. These are great tips, advice and a reminder!!
    I do shut it off regularly but sometimes you still cant help but look and dig for your phone haha.. Last friday I got sick and down and for whole 2 days I didnt do anything. Literally. Looked on my social media for couple minutes and thats it. Too tired n too weak to even type. Thank u Lord I am ok now but it just gave me new perspective about mindulness and self radical care. Thanks Lisa!..great post 😊