Monday, July 22, 2013

Put The Phone Down


Many days, I struggle to shut myself off. I can easily sit in front of the TV all day with my phone in my hand and peck away while watching an embarrassing number of hours of Netflix. However, I struggle to just shut things down and relax.

In a time where Billy is now growing like a weed and sleeping poorly yet again, I need rest more than ever. I know. Trust me, I know. But I just can't seem to shut down my brain and take a breather!

This morning I forgot my phone at my in-laws. You can bet your bottom dollar I don't miss getting phone calls, but I feel strangely foggy without knowing who is sending me text messages and how many Facebook notifications I've missed.

Right now, Billy is angelically napping next to me and I am watching him in envy. I want to nap. I need to nap....and still when I shut my eyes all I can think about is a list of things I need to do when I wake up.

In the wee hours of the night and morning, I finish nursing and can't unglue myself from my blog feed, trying to catch up on everything that has been said in the last few hours.

My body hurts and my mind is tired, but still I can't shut down.

I need to let go and put the phone down. Put the computer down. Put the dish towel down. My body is shutting itself down. If I don't start to listen things are going to get ugly.

The next time I whine about how tired I am on Twitter, slap me.


  1. I have the exact same problem! Fynn's been sleeping crappy at night (again) so I should be resting right now while she naps... but instead I just cleaned the kitchen and am reading blogs. It's so hard to just shut off and relax during the day... I feel guilty on the rare occasion that I do... but since becoming a mom I need to!

  2. I don't have kids, but I was similarly addicted. I made a rule that the phone stays plugged in out of arm's reach at night. I read to fall asleep (studies have shown electronics don't let your brain shut off to go to sleep) and nap without television. I have even limited the number of times/hours of the day I can check the internet or phone or ipad during the day. Set yourself a goal, I'm sure you'll get on track (and maybe it will help little Bill too!).