How to Handle a Sea of Calls and Not Drown
By Sandy Schroeder
How many ways can you be reached during the day and night? If you count your phone, message apps, social media accounts, video conferencing, and numerous other contacts, it could be a little overwhelming.
PsychCentral.com agrees, telling us that Americans sent more than 15 million texts and almost half a million tweets per minute in 2017.
If you or your spouse are on call with your job, checking emails at night and again in the morning, you understand the problem. Stepping away just to take a walk with your kids, or enjoy dinner with your family, can seem like a luxury, but it may be a health necessity when we consider the amount of stress and anxiety generated.
PsychCentral.com says, “We are constantly connected but often feel little connection to other people and may actually feel more connection to the devices than to the people with whom we’re communicating.”
They suggest these steps to get grounded in the midst of all of the noise.
Relax or meditate daily - Reserve a time each day to just sit and breathe and absorb a few moments away from the daily rush. Take five minutes in a quiet spot. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing to soothe your spirit and relax your body.
Step away from electronics - Give yourself a break, for an hour or a whole afternoon if you can manage it, when you are overloaded. Take an inventory to see if you are tired, lonely, hungry or angry, and do something about it.
Channel the electronic flow - Letting phone messages invade everything from dinner to private conversations can wear you down. If you are on-call for emergencies, consider setting the phone aside an hour for dinner or a short walk in the evening. That short period of relief can help you and your family regain your balance, using the time to enjoy being with each other.
Create special times with family and pets - When you shut down electronics, use the time to just enjoy being together without dwelling on bills or household chores. One couple posted a bulletin board where they left notes on what they appreciated about each other. They said it made an amazing improvement in their relationship.
Reprogram electronic alerts - Current figures show most people get about 65 alerts per day. Scaling back those signals could help to turn down the volume on all of the data that we receive.
Finding ways to turn things around and make your electronics work for you could be well worth the effort by creating lowered stress and improved health and wellness.
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