The power in unplugging

The power in unplugging

I have a new weekly email that I receive telling me about my usage on my phone and emails and last week it came showing I had ZERO downtime and it asked if there is any way I could make that a priority to schedule it in.

Seeing it kind of shocked me because balance and downtime are so important to me.

I mean, I’m the one teaching and explaining to others the importance of rest and recovery and not being plugged in all the time.

But here I am, not exactly practicing what I preach. Which is a big issue for me. 

So this past weekend, I challenged myself to really unplug and I have to tell you, it’s been difficult. I am constantly checking my phone, seeing who texted, emailed etc., even when there is honestly absolutely no need to.

I think I’m a little addicted to it, as so many millions of others are and I’m not proud of it!

A few months ago, I challenged myself to become more transparent and to speak my truths about what I believe, what I know and what I’ve learned through education and personal experience about having balance in life and sport. Specifically, triathlon but I do think there is a line that we have to be conscious of.

I’m a huge fan and need all the data being collected while I train and it also allows me to see how my athletes are doing. This is the best way for them to easily communicate with me regarding their training.

But there can also be too much data being collected and the negative effects of wearing these devices that monitor everything you do, on top being on the phone and computer all day.

Being monitored by a device 24 hours a day is simply not healthy and can have serious negative repercussions – including adrenal fatigue, immune deficiency and sleep issues.

There has to be something said for completely unplugging for periods of time and regenerating from the most important thing around us. The natural environment; the wind, the sun, the ground, water, nature and also from all the people and relationships around us that are coming in second to our being connected to technology.

I really think if you are honest you know and can feel when you are overdoing it and don’t need a device to tell us if you did not sleep well or, if you’re feeling tired and wired from all the negative electromagnetic frequency coming at you all day every day.
I’m recommitted to the balance in my life. This weekend I paddles 3 miles out into the ocean on my paddle board and just sat quietly listened to how peaceful it was. Then, I jumped in the ocean and felt all the peace and energy surrounding me not coming from any app, computer or TV and I realized how imperative it is for me to include unplugging daily.

Now I’m wondering if any of you are feeling the same way? I got to really hang out with good friends, have great conversation, eat some delicious, healthy food and be in nature by just walking in the grass and on the sand and swimming in the ocean several times a day. I immediately felt much better for doing it and I feel more connected to myself and other people right now.

Although I’m still committed to being on social media, email and sharing my vision and purpose with people, I’m also committed to creating balance and remembering to put myself, family and relationships first and making unplugging a priority.

I want to challenge you to do the same, how about you start today!


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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997.  She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom and much much more.

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