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The power of a reset - unplugging to age well




"Almost everything will work again or better if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."

 

Anne Lamott

  

 

In our fast-paced, always-on, and hustle culture world, the idea of unplugging and taking a break can seem almost unthinkable. We're constantly connected, constantly working, and constantly under pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more. But what if the secret to greater productivity, creativity, and well-being isn't doing more, but less? What if the key to ageing well and success is, in fact, a reset?

 

The concept of a reset is simple: it's about taking a step back, unplugging from our usual routines and responsibilities, and giving ourselves the time and space to rest, reflect, and recharge. It's about pressing pause on our busy lives and taking a moment to breathe, to be present, and to reconnect with ourselves.


The benefits of a reset are many. Firstly, it allows us to rest and recharge. Just as our devices need to be recharged to function optimally, so too do our bodies and minds. By taking a break, we can reduce stress, improve our mood, and boost our energy levels.

 

If you are an over-doer and feel guilty about slowing down, well the impact of stress on the ageing body is well-documented.


Secondly, a reset can boost our creativity and productivity. When we're constantly working, we can become stuck in a rut, and our thinking can become narrow and rigid. By stepping away, we can gain a fresh perspective, stimulate our creativity, and return to our work with renewed focus, clarity, and enthusiasm.


Thirdly, a reset can enhance our self-awareness and personal growth. By taking the time to reflect, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, our values, and our goals, and what is important to us. We can identify areas for improvement, make necessary adjustments, and set new, more meaningful goals.


Finally, a reset can improve our relationships. When we're stressed and overworked, it can take a toll on our relationships. By taking a break and stepping away from our relationships even for a few hours, we can improve our mood, increase our patience, and enhance our communication skills.


It's reassuring to remember that, a reset is not a luxury, but a necessity. It's not about being lazy or unproductive, but about working smarter, not harder. It's about recognising that we're not machines, but human beings and that we need rest just as much as we need work and achievement.

 

Resets can be as simple as stepping away from your laptop, a walk in nature or a dip in the ocean. It can be a weekend escape, a luxe holiday to Bali, and fasting or a juice cleans.

 

10-Day Silent Retreat - the ultimate reset.

My favourite reset is the 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains. Being separated from my phone, and not being able to talk, read, or distract myself in any way leaves me face-to-face with my inner thoughts and processes. With 14 hours of meditation per day and healthy vegan food, my body was rested and my mind, clear.

 

This retreat is available in most states in Australia and across the world and payment is by donation so anyone can attend. Find out more here.

 

Take the time this holiday period to slow down and allow your mind and body to reset for the new year ahead.

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