Disconnecting from an Overconnected World

With most of the U.S. under a stay-at-home order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many of us have had extra time on our hands…and maybe more time to follow the negative news cycle.

It can be hard to go a day without hearing an anxiety-inducing news story. Our non-stop connection to news and media from smart phones, computers, and television often leaves us vulnerable to a constant barrage of negative news. In fact, in a 2015 study done by Pew Research, over 76% of cell phone users admitted to never, or very rarely, turning off their cell phone, leading to a constant stream of information.

Maybe we just need to disconnect occasionally.

One of the best ways to take a break from the constant stream of information and negativity is to disconnect. “Media detoxing,” as some call it, involves removing or temporarily disabling our access to media, phones, and the internet to help eliminate distractions and help us focus on the present. Those who practice disconnecting on a semi-regular basis report an increase and better quality of sleep, better interpersonal communication, and an overall increase in life satisfaction.

Here is a list of things the Jemma Financial team does to relax:

  • Go for a long walk – Taking a walk is a great way to stretch, exercise, and appreciate your surroundings. Even better, invite a friend!
  • Read a book – Reading is a great way to learn more about a favorite topic, or to escape into any number of fiction genres.
  • Play a favorite game with family – Playing board games with friends or family makes the time fly with hours of laughs.
  • Listen to music – Turn on some of your favorite tunes and dance around your house.
  • Pick up a new hobby – Learn how to play tennis, start a garden, or get in the kitchen and bake some cookies.

While it’s impossible to entirely avoid negative news, taking some time to disconnect can help you relax, rejuvenate, and ready yourself to come back to the connected world with a better appreciation of the good things around you.

What’s your favorite thing to do to disconnect?