The end of 2017 is a coming (the OOO is going on any minute now) and with it, a bit of much needed downtime. How ready are you to just R E L A X, to actually turn off and be face-to-face with people you like?
The question is, will you be switching off completely? Are you intending on taking a digital/social media detox? Do you plan on resisting from the incessant Instagram scrolling?
There have been endless headlines over the last few months on the damaging effects that social media has on our mental health and general well-being; effects such as increasing levels of anxiety, fear of missing out (FOMO), feelings of inadequacy and so on. Then there was Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, who commented on the fact that the social media platform (or community is it likes to go by) knowingly takes, and has done so since day one, advantage of the human psyche.
“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them . . . was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” he told Axios.
This month, Facebook itself published a blog on the negative aspects of relentless scrolling – in short, the fact that all the looking, liking, commenting online decreases the amount of time and interest we invest in real life interactions.
We spoke to Chloe Brotheridge – Hypnotherapist and Anxiety Expert, and author of The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, a Calmer You – about her digital detox plans for Christmas and to get a few pointers on how best to ensure we get that well needed head space.
“I’ll be taking a few days away from social media mainly because I want to be fully in the moment with my friends and family, and not have any reminders about work or things I have to do disturbing the fun,” she said.
“Although I have to use social media for work, I try to have some boundaries around it because otherwise it could take over. I’ll often leave my phone in another room or put it on airplane mode so I’m less likely to check it, and I’ve deleted the Facebook app from my phone so it’s harder to log-in. I’ve also done a fair amount of unfollowing people on both Facebook and Instagram that trigger negative feelings, and in recent months I’ve made a big effort to read actual books or listen to inspiring podcasts rather than waste hours on social media, and I feel so much better for it.”
Ahead of, and across, the Christmas break Push will be taking a pause from social media so that we come back in the New Year fresh. The showroom will be closed from 1pm Friday 22nd December through to the 3rd January when the team return to the office.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year; eat, drink, sleep and maybe be ok taking a break from the over-sharing.