Sandcastle the beach, with ocean in background.

Transitioning from a hectic workday to a relaxed weekend isn’t always easy. Many people thrive from working and being on the go non-stop. But for many others, living constantly on the go affects their health and their relationships.

We’re so accustomed to being plugged in, connected and “on call” for most of each day. Our phones, tablets or laptops are always within reach and for many of us and there is only a short period between the time that we click “refresh” to see if another email has come in or someone else has updated their social media feed. We spend less quality time with family and friends and spend more time sitting at our desks, not moving our bodies and fully living life. Is this sustainable?

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I highly recommend the practice of “slowing down.” A big part of this “slowing down” process can occur during a thoughtful and intentional transition from a workday to evening or workweek to weekend.

One great way to “slow down” is to completely disconnect from technology for a specific period of time. Yes, you read that right. Completely disconnect from electronic devices that connect you to the outside world. This action will help make a distinction between your hectic work week from your weekend, for example, creating a transition from the everyday hustle and bustle to pure relaxation.

Alternatives to sitting in front of the screen include reading, writing, eating meals with family and friends, building a sandcastle on the beach or going on a walk in your neighborhood. This intentional transition brings appreciation to so many things that don’t cost money and bring a huge amount of value to life. Another plus to slowing down in this way includes using less energy, thus conserving natural resources.

Sustainability is more than about improving the quality of our lives through the ways in that we spend our time, contributing to overall good health and wellness.

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About The Author

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Nikki Pava is the author of Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team. She is also the founder of Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability engagement initiatives for mission-driven companies.

Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.

Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.

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