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Being and staying frugal is pretty much a 24 hour a day job, 7 days a week. I am going to explain how I stay frugal even if I unplug for a day or two.
How to mentally unplug from being frugal
If you are like me, you are being and staying frugal. Not a day goes by where I do not research something I saw on social media. Is it how to clean a bathroom, frugal ways to clean a house, or what can I make at home, versus buying a finished product. I am big on making my own household cleaners and air fresheners, but I was never educated on how to actually do it. So I have spent hours, and probably days researching this and I still do pretty much on a daily basis.
My husband is also always on me to take a break. How do I take a break, though? Keep in mind, I am working, cleaning, raising kids, taking care of my mother in law, and cleaning up after our animals. Now with his prodding, I am trying to take one day a week and just unplug. I shut down the laptop, I try to stay away from my phone. Notice I said try… I have not mastered this one yet. Yet, I am trying. The key is to prepare ahead of time, so you do not get behind.
Prepare for “unplug” day
I have designated Sunday as my unplug day. Keep in mind, this is typically a day that my husband is off of work, so we can spend time together and time as a family. Yet, to do this it takes preparation. I mean, Sunday is coupon day. Sunday is an easy day to catch up on everything I missed during the week.
How I prepare is first plan something to do. This prevents me from making excuses on why I have plugged in for the day. Sometimes it is as simple as a day at the beach or the springs. Sometimes it is is a family brunch at our local diner. We may plan on going on a nature trail walk, or just window shopping. Many times, we just stay home and play family games or swim in our pool. I have found that nature really helps me unwind and relax. Which is just the point of an unplug day.
Secondly, I have a list of daily to-do tasks. I try to keep up this list all week long, so I have no left over chores. In reality, this can be hard. Sunday used to be my coupon day. Now, I make sure by Saturday, all my coupons are organized and filed in the right spot in the binder. I make sure on Saturday I go through all the sales flyers, check my stock amounts, double check all my coupon deal sites, and have a plan of action for what I need. This way come Monday morning, I can easily get out my new coupons from the flyers and head out to the store.
Unplugging is good for your mental health
With all the hats I wear at home, I have found unplugging to be good for my mental health. It gives me a day to relax, enjoy life and all the great benefits of enjoying my family. I feel refreshed. My brain can slow down to about half speed and this is just what the doctor ordered for me. It is important to realize, we only live once. We need to unplug and be present in our lives. Not just live them.
Do you unplug for a day? What tips and tricks do you use to get that one day for yourself?