Unplug – the power of disengaging

unplugYou may or may not have noticed I have done a big unplug. I haven’t been online as much or posting as regularly on social media including writing for my blog.

There is a deliberate reason for that. I decided it was time to have a little digital detox aka more tech-free time to rest and to rejuvenate my creativity while I dove deep into an intense self-care program.

About 8 weeks ago I had a not-so-subtle wake-up call in the form of a back injury that had been brewing for a while which I thought was going to go away however suddenly got a lot worse.

This injury coincided with me taking the next step in my Hashimoto’s remission journey and going on a bacteria busting blitz involving three courses of slow release antibiotics over a six week period to prepare my body for gut healing.

Feeling fatigued and not like my usual self, every time I would try to write or create content nothing seemed to flow. I knew what I was experiencing was temporary and that I simply had to refocus the energy I did have towards looking after myself.

In order to address the situation, the first thing I decided to do was unplug. It wasn’t a total unplug of zero technology, more like a big scale back of technology usage. For someone who worked in digital media for nearly 15 years I thought this would be challenging, but it was doable. I massively scaled back my time on social media, stopped thinking about the next blog post and pulled the handbrake on pretty much everything except study requirements, coaching and looking after myself and my family.

During this time, I focused my awareness on areas in my life where I experienced fatigue and began to make subtle changes to support my wellbeing. Aside from the tech unplug, I prioritised my self-care and getting my house (the house of Janelle!) in order.

  • I had a dental check up
  • Made and drank organic bone broth
  • Took Ashwagandha to support adrenal fatigue
  • Took supplements to support glutathione recycling
  • Meditated, had increased quiet time and read more books
  • Aimed for longer, higher quality sleep
  • Started getting physiotherapy treatment for my back
  • Eliminated refined flour and sugar from my diet including wine for six weeks
  • Spent less hours at my desk
  • Diffused beautiful pure essential oils (spearmint and tangerine is a lovely blend – the tangerine is calming and the spearmint is uplifting) and dabbed miniscule amounts of sandalwood and patchouli pure essential oils on my inner wrists.
  • Created solid health goals with my life coach while I put boundaries in place to support me taking care of me.

There were moments when I wondered whether there would be any consequence of me unplugging and there really weren’t. I didn’t have any massive FOMO, the world still turned etc. The biggest lesson with unplugging was I became more mindful about social media and how I interacted. I found strength in disengaging. If you’ve never unplugged and not sure how to start a digital detox, try for one day to avoid using the computer or your phone for social media and Internet, reduce how often you check email and take it from there.


Now, at nearly 8 weeks on, my self-care program is paying off and despite a flu, I’m starting to feel more restored. There is still a road ahead to travel with my wellness journey and I feel better equipped and much more resilient to handle it.

There is no huge a-ha moment to share here except to say when things pile up simultaneously it can quickly become overwhelming. I also do want to highlight how critical it is to listen deeply to our bodies and to ourselves when feeling fatigue and stress.

In order to have a harmonious life, we need our different life areas to be aligned. The busyness of life can get in the way of even the best laid plans, so take time to regularly check in with yourself. Note if your current physical and emotional self is aligned with how you really want to feel. If not then ask:

What do I need to change in order to reach and sustain how I want to feel?

The best thing we can do to support our own needs is be truthful when we experience fatigue or stress and know that it’s OK to slow down or step back. Be aware of the warning signals and be honest with yourself about what’s working and what’s not working in your life and make any necessary changes. Reach out for support if you need it! It is much better to take the appropriate course of action before the situation morphs into a bigger beast for example chronic pain, disease or autoimmunity.

Show yourself the love and respect you deserve by prioritising self-care – and unplug. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it.




10 thoughts on “Unplug – the power of disengaging

  1. Beautiful Janelle – lots to remind ourselves from this, thank you for sharing. I am so happy to hear you are healing as you have so often been in my thoughts xx I will be deliberately taking a digital detox break soon and really feeling the need for it. I hope by doing so, it will free up more ‘creative space’, as well as time to switch off and rest. Keep resting & healing. With love x

    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts Katie! I love hearing from you. I hear you on feeling the need for solid rest and a tech break. It’s so important to acknowledge when we need it and do something about it. I may not be online as much but there is a new found freedom in that too. Much love xx

    1. Thank you Carla. 🙂 I hear you on the free time – cumulatively it all adds up. I still enjoy interacting online, I simply do it less often! Xx

    1. Hello Renee, so lovely to hear from you! I did enjoy taking that time out to focus on self care and totally understand where you’re coming from. It’s tough not being able to do what you want, particularly with mobility because of illness. I hope you are on the mend and feeling better. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Xx

  2. Thanks for a really interesting and honest read. I enjoyed hearing about some of the steps you have taken to get ‘unplugged’. And hope you are feeling better Janelle.

    1. My pleasure Felicity and thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I am definitely feeling better and enjoying less, yet higher quality time online. 🙂 xx

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