Digital Lock Out

  Hello, friends! Did everyone have a stellar Thanksgiving break? I hope your holiday (and your mouth) was filled with butter! Sadly, the weekend has come to an end and it's back to the grind. Are any of you suffering from a mild to severe case of the Mondays?

When you work three jobs and attempt to be a full time blogger, you learn to treasure your weekends. Not because you have no work to do, but because you have LESS work to do. And also because you can work from the comfort of your couch and not have to shower or put on real pants all weekend. Oh yeah. That happens in my bear cave. No shame.

When the weekend starts winding down, I tend to dread the inevitable case of Mondays that loom over my calendar. That's when I know it's time for an inner pep talk and mini meditation session. I call it my Mental Health Monday Prep.

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If you haven't heard about my mental health day philosophy, it's worth checking out. I'm a firm believer in caring for your mind as much as your care for your body and your soul. We put our minds through a lot of stress and work, and it's important to maintain a sense of calm and peace. Sanity is a precious commodity, and we must go to great lengths to protect it.

In an effort to sort of streamline my blogging process and hone in on a few categories that matter most to me, I've decided to start this Mental Health Monday series. Every Monday I'll be bringing you my favorite tips and tricks to calm the mind and soothe the soul. It's a great way to set the mood for what the rest of your week is going to look and feel like!

So let's get started, shall we?

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I unintentionally put myself in digital lock out. I didn't plan it that way, it just sort of happened. But my brain was eternally grateful for the time and space away from my computer.

I tend to spend an insane amount of time tethered to my laptop. Everyday from about 9:30am till 11:30pm my eyes are fixated on my laptop screen. That's ridiculous. I'm honestly surprised that my eyes haven't started bleeding in retaliation yet.

This weekend, however, due to a mixture of family bonding, stupid amounts of cooking/baking/eating, wanting to get a jump start on my holiday knitting projects, and an adorable slobber monster named Kodi, I somehow managed to leave my laptop uncharged and buried under a pile of clothes for THREE WHOLE DAYS. I also managed to lose track of my phone for an entire 24 hours.

HOW. FREAKING. LIBERATING.

I'm tempted to impose this digital lock out on myself once every 6-8 weeks. Not only did I give my mind and eyeballs a much needed break, but since I rebooted my grinding gears this morning I've been cranking out quality work at a record pace, and I've been thrilled to do it all.

How many times have you been THRILLED to get back to work on a Monday? It's a rare occurrence, but I'd like to see it happen more frequently in my life.

The Internet can sometimes feel like that one chatty relative that calls at all hours of the day just because he/she can. At some point, you're going to get sick of listening to them go on and on and on and on and you will hang up. This weekend I guess my subconscious decided to hang up on the Internet. But here's the best part! When you hang up on the Internet, it won't get mad at you (the way a relative might)... in fact, it will be waiting patiently for you to call on it once again and fill you in on all the gossip and happenings that you missed. It will always be there for you, with cyber-arms wide open. It's not going anywhere - so why are we all so obsessed with checking in on it every thirty seconds?

I spent my digital lock down knitting, baking, eating, running around with my pup, laughing with my brother, eating more, sleeping, crafting, watching silly movies on HBO, eating even more, reading, and just generally feeding my soul.

I think from now on I'm going to schedule in these digital lock downs. I've never felt more refreshed and ready to tackle on the long week ahead! HERE WE GOOOOO!

Catching up on what I missed, xx Nikbear