12 Ways to Unplug and Recharge

12 Ways to Unplug and Recharge

While guests are sitting in the porch swing on the screened porch, they’ll often remark, “I bet when you don’t have guests, you can sit out here all you want.”

To be honest, if I sat on the porch listening to the birds and looked out at the beautiful landscape, I would likely discover a weed. Then I would go pull it. Then while pulling that one, I would see another, and another, and soon an hour or more would be spent WORKING. Does your planned “staycation” become an opportunity to clean out the garage or upgrade the landscaping? If you answered “yes”, then you know what I mean about relaxing on the porch.

It’s difficult for most of us to relax at home and earnestly engage with family and friends. We’re constantly checking our phone or tablet. I’ll think to myself, “OK, I might be slightly addicted so I’m going to put my phone down and read or do something else.” Then, something pops into my head that I want to research on Google, or I want to look at my photos, check the time, play solitaire while watching a movie, answer the notification I just heard. And before I know it, this is hard to admit, but hours have slipped by.

Do you ever feel the need to unplug from the incessant distraction of devices and connect with others? Just like getting active and taking a break to meditate or walk every two hours or so, we need to take a real break for unscheduled time.

Taking meaningful breaks from work and household chores (like weeding) is one of the keys to success and good for your health too! To unplug and recharge, a three-day weekend it is recommended to successfully unwind or to spend meaningful time with family and friends.

Consider scheduling several weekend breaks on your calendar throughout the year. Wimberley is less than an hour drive from Austin, slightly longer from San Antonio, and a favorite respite for many Houstonians.

BellaVida Bed and Breakfast is located on 8 plus serene acres of country life. You can hear the birds and see the stars. Wimberley is an internationally recognized Dark Sky Community. Time in nature restores the soul. Consider these twelve suggestions to unplug and recharge:

12 Suggestions to Unplug and Recharge

1. Enjoy the solitude
2. Connect with friends and family
3. Read a book
4. Enjoy a hobby as you could in our Gathering Room
5. Decide to do nothing
6. Meditate
7. Yoga
8. Take pleasure in the flora and fauna (our chickens and duck are quite social)
9. Get Active--walk our trail, ride the trike-for-two
10. Star gaze
11. Learn something new
12. Turn off the digital distractions


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