Connect? Disconnect? Which one is it?
By disconnecting here, I’m talking about taking a break from social media, endlessly scrolling online or binge watching box sets. There’s nothing wrong with any of these activities and they can be great distractions when we want to switch off or need some entertainment. Social media can also help us connect with the people we care about.
But sometimes we become so engrossed in these activities that we numb out how we’re really feeling. We can also feel overwhelmed by the constant stimulation and input of information. Or we focus so much on these things that we struggle to connect with the people in front of us.
Recently, my son presented me with one of our Christmas tree ornaments while I was scrolling through Facebook. He reminded me that he’s only this age once and to enjoy playing with him. Watching him squeal with delight brought me much more joy than the endless scrolling.
So I’m going to take a break after tomorrow until January 9th so that I can really lean into this special time with my loved ones. I’ve scheduled a couple of posts with thoughts I wanted to share in the mean time. So fingers crossed they work.
How can you disconnect to connect more strongly with yourself and the people you care about?
So I challenge you to disconnect in a way that feels supportive for you. Maybe it’s limiting your online access each day. Or you might want a full digital detox. It could be that you make a commitment to being fully present when you have time for yourself, spend time with others or venture out into nature.
I acknowledge that online communities may be an important support for some of us – especially at this time of year. If you are part of an online community, it might be worth thinking about how you will be really present when connecting in this space.
I look forward to reconnecting with you in the new year!