The Snapchat and WhatsApp notifications continuously come in as I contemplate how to spend my extended time at home…
This feels like a non-stop cycle of shuffling between applications to make myself artificially occupied. There are always other ways I could be spending my time, but the addiction associated with scrolling feeds and communicating subtly cements itself in my daily lifestyle.
Especially with the current global climate, we receive noise from all our devices. Our mobile devices are the key messengers of this information as we fall into attention traps every day. During times of isolation and lockdown, it may seem ideal to spend more hours on the internet scrolling aimlessly. But what if we stepped back from our devices and started learning a new craft?
Our minds are wrapped in a scrolling, liking, tweeting, and posting matrix determining our productivity and focus. To moderate our efficiency in other areas, it is essential to place boundaries on social media use. Taking lengthy breaks from platforms like Instagram and Facebook may seem daunting for the average person, but the benefits of stepping away from social media can be very rewarding.
In addition, excessive social media activity takes a toll on people. I personally feel unproductive and lost comparing myself with people I see online. There is a healthy balance between communication purposes and unhealthy scrolling. Lately, TikTok has illustrated the addictive nature of these platforms.
Take a Fresh Breath of Oxygen
Often times, people do not grasp the beauty within the physical world when they are attached to their devices. The smell of trees and flowers go unnoticed as we rapidly communicate online. Instead of taking walks in our neighborhoods or going on hikes, we find ourselves consuming scenic photos on Instagram. This ironic state of modern human social behavior can leave us unfulfilled or out of touch with reality.
Thus, we can grow our interactions with the world by undertaking a social media detox. Put your screen down, look outside, open a window, and breathe. Become one with the moment and find joy in the present.
We often take our planet for granted. While apps fight for our attention, we fail to recognize all we had before the screens. Go take a walk, meditate, and appreciate your surroundings. Meditation has allowed me to escape the chaotic voices and devastating pandemic news in my head to find some tranquility in my soul.
Learn Something New
Step outside your digital comfort zone and learn something new. Millions of people around the world are living under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus. This can be your chance to differentiate, explore, and experiment with all of your curiosities.
Ever wanted to learn graphic design or teach yourself coding? Right now is the perfect time to focus and excel in these areas. Allocate your time consumption toward producing something scalable and great.
There is an abundance of free online resources and materials to conquer during the quarantine. Do not let social media drag you into unproductive rabbit holes. Pave a new lane for yourself and be creative. Let your passion speak for itself.
If you are feeling especially drained, exhausted, or overwhelmed with your profession or entrepreneurial duties, take a break and master a hobby.
Hobbies are healthy for the brain and encourage continuous learning and growth beyond traditional academia. Immerse yourself in various areas of interest and discover more about yourself through the process.
You may come out of this quarantine with more skills and abilities under your belt.
I have personally made it my duty to practice writing and learn more about human consciousness. Putting social media aside, I am more fulfilled learning about our incredible potential as human beings.
I hope you consider taking a break and finding peace in other areas. Have discipline with your social media use and be mindful of the vast opportunities out there ready to be taken.
“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”Winston Churchill