Downtime – What I Do Offline to Recharge
Technology is everywhere now.
From the moment we wake to the time our heads hit the pillow at night, we are constantly being bombarded with emails, text messages, beeps and buzzes. For me personally, I do most of my work from my MacBook or iPad, and truth be told my iPhone is never far from reach.
And so, because of this, it is absolutely vital that I intentionally take time out to:
switch off, tune out, and recharge…
Here’s what I do:
The gym is my counselor and Kettlebells my medicine. If I’m feeling stressed or agitated, a bit of exercise is my cure-all. It’s amazing how just breaking a sweat can clear your mind and put things in perspective.
I am privileged enough to live ten minutes from the beach in the surf capital of South Africa. And nothing recharges body and mind quite like a surf. Even if the conditions aren’t great, just being out there in the water, surrounded by nature, is enough to settle my soul.
Hang Out with Friends
As a total extrovert, hanging out with good friends, laughing and chatting, is possibly one of the greatest ways I recharge my batteries. Being married to an introvert however, this isn’t always easy – but over the years my wife and I have figured out our own little rhythms where we each get what we need, while respecting each other’s own unique wiring.
Watch a Movie
I’ve always loved a good film. It forces me to switch off my technology, abandon the worries of my day, and allows me to immerse myself in a story – hopefully a good one – for a few hours.