Put down TikTok, exit out of Zoom, and close Facebook. You deserve a digital break ASAP.
Due to social distancing, we’ve never been on our phones, computers, and devices more than ever before, and let’s face it, we’re all pretty stressed right now. Whether you’re working from home, taking exercise classes, or catching up with family and friends, Zoom call hopping can be exhausting!
Too much information can leave your brain feeling overloaded. While “it could always be worse,” do understand that your feelings are valid. Having to be “on” 100% of the time is exhausting. I have learned for myself that I am so much more productive when I carve out digital breaks in my day. As a social media manager, it is not easy but it is necessary. Sometimes my best ideas for clients come when I am on a walk outside or reading a book. Just stepping away from a problem can help you see things clearer and stepping away from the devices can bring a new perspective.
Read a book. Seriously, carve out 30 minutes or 60 minutes to sit down and enjoy a book with no interruptions. For me, reading a book on my iPad is too distracting. I usually prefer a physical book to give my brain and eyes a break from the digital world, although I recently purchased a Kindle from Amazon. It was the best decision ever. You can enjoy the Kindle “offline,” it’s easy on the eyes, cost-effective, and does not deliver social media distractions like an iPad.
Exercise. Take a break from the digital workout classes and walk or jog in your neighborhood. It’s relaxing to take in the environment and the outdoors. This is something that has helped me greatly. A simple walk, noticing a bunny in the bushes, and waving to a friendly neighbor from over 6 feet away can definitely help break up the digital routine.
Craft. I am a big crafter. I’ve been sewing masks and using my Cricutmachine a lot lately. Even if you’re not into crafting, just a simple coloring book can be an amazing release. When I am not in the mood to craft but I can’t sit still, a coloring book can relax my mind.
Use essential oils. At night before I go to bed I turn on my essential oil diffuser, close my eyes, and let the scent takeover my room. There are oils for literally everything. For sleeping better, for digestion, for muscle soreness, and more.
Remember, we’re all in this together. Wear your masks, wash your hands, and take a digital break every now and then!