3 Ways to Thrive in an Overstimulated World
Technology is taking up a lot of the space that we otherwise would use for resting and slowing down. Nowadays, if we so choose to, we can have a constant flow of information and be mentally stimulated and occupied 24/7. The result? Burnout. The idea of always being ‘on’, means we are giving more and more of our energy and attention to these devices which then leaves us with less energy for the rest of our day.
Here are 3 ways to thrive in a hyperconnected and overstimulated world. I invite you to implement all three, to set some healthy tech boundaries and reduce the amount of noise in your day. This will help you to properly ‘switch off’ and rest.
- Create phone-free zones: Establishing phone-free zones in the home will help you to be fully present. Ideally, these zones should be places that are reserved for rest and connection, such as the bedroom and dining room.
- Try a tech-tox: I do this whenever I start to feel overwhelmed or like my mind is full of thoughts. A technology detox involves turning off my phone and laptop and staying off social media and my devices for anywhere between 3 to 10 days to get the full benefits. Just the other month, my sister Michelle texted me to let me know she was taking a tech tox over the weekend and that she would not be contactable. Letting loved ones know in advance can save them any worries if they can’t get a hold of you!
- Social media sabbath: This is when you go social media-free for one day a week. No Instagram. No TikTok. No Facebook. No Pinterest. I try and do this every weekend, as part of my overall commitment to live a mindful and slower paced life, so I can be present with my loved ones and enjoy my weekends to the fullest.
I also encourage you to spend time learning about digital minimalism and the different ways to make sure all your devices and technology in general is serving you!