Disconnecting every day is absolutely essential, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. We’re so bogged down by technology at every turn that it’s easy to forget about a world that existed before it.
I find my five minutes when I take a walk on the deck after lunch. I’m lucky in that I work someplace unconventional – no cubicles, no gray walls, just an amazing view of the lake. But I’m steeped in technology. We all are. I do my work on a laptop and check my phone constantly and feel like I couldn’t survive without wifi (although I had to for awhile).
But it’s really incredibly strange when you think about it. I find the need to apologize if someone texts me and I don’t get back to them for an hour because I’m busy. Since when is it necessary to apologize for not being 100% available to everyone at all hours of the day? I turn my phone off at night, and I know some people who think that’s weird. Are we that obsessive?
The short answer: Yes.
I’m a facebook fiend and a twitter lover. I post all the time, and occasionally I catch myself thinking about something in terms of a status update. That’s not okay. We’re more concerned about showing everyone what a good time we’re having than actually HAVING a good time. Our experiences now need to be validated by others, and that warped line of thinking can negatively affect our lives in a big way.
It’s hard for me to shut off my need to post on social media. In fact, it’s probably something I should be working on. But I do my best every day to set aside time to just be. To unplug. I turn off my phone and read a book. I listen to music and drink a glass of wine. I watch a TV show without checking my phone every five minutes (seriously, it’s harder than you think). I take a walk on the boat deck and just enjoy the feeling of being on the water. It’s healthy. It’s necessary.
So, where do you find your daily five minutes? Or if you don’t, do you think you should?