Our world is facing uncharted and uncertain times. The waters are a bit treacherous these days.
And what are we counting on most?
It's out of necessity, of course. We need it like we need air to breathe now. My kids are learning via online resources. I constantly connect with friends and family. And even some of my apps are keeping me sane during these times.
But it's also a double-edged sword.
The Dark Side of Technology
Several weeks ago, when school was closing and my city was shutting down, my phone was blowing up. I was receiving a barrage of text messages from panicked people and news headlines that the "roof was on fire". I found myself unable to sleep for several nights in a row. Anxiety took hold and was getting the better of me.
Finally, I realized that it was CRITICAL I turn my technology off.
A bonafide digital detox for two days. And it was the right decision.
It was so ridiculously peaceful that I did not want to turn it back on, in fact.
Instead of panicked distraction, I focused all of my energy on improving my quality of life.
As a result, it was enough to relieve me from the frantic cycle my brain was stuck in. And even though I've since re-entered the tech world, the experience gave me serious pause.
The Take Away
We must remember that technology can be a blessing and a curse.
Like everything, moderation is key. And when moderation is not possible, it's ok to take a mental break from your devices. Step out into nature and the serene and lively sounds of the birds chirping. Listen to your kids raucous laugh. Or truly savor your hot delicious coffee.
Finally, my phone continues to be off for certain times of the day because there is a whole amazing world out there. Even in the midst of these uncertain days beauty surrounds us.