Today my apartment air-conditioning stop working and if you live in Abu Dhabi you can imagine how summers are here… and imagine my condition in it with a toddler. I called my apartment management they said after a few hours they will send somebody. Instead of sitting at home, I packed my baby bag, wore jeans and shirt, flip fop and went to the nearby mall.
As I entered the mall, the cold breeze of air-conditioning felt heavenly… I ordered ice-latte at Starbucks while sitting there and seeing people moving from here to there – just sitting there and doing nothing felt soo good. Being away from everything – what I meant to say is that recently I am re-finding my passion for writing and somehow in all this, I am losing my ability to switch off my mind when I hit the pillow.
On social media, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the likes, comments, shares on social media but not easy to detach from it. Sometimes it makes you motivated and gives you the feeling of ‘YES” you can do it and it is a good thing.
Sometimes or mostly I should say, it does the opposite and slowing you start self-comparison with others. Wow, she went on holidays how exciting her life is! He had this for dinner, why I get fewer likes on my picture am I ugly? Or nobody likes me….
I think what I am trying to say is that for a lot of us the internet has tangled itself into our emotional wellbeing.
And, once you have acknowledged that to yourself, it’s easier to find balance. To see when your body and brain needs to step back and connect to the real world again. Go for a walk, meet a friend, or don’t use the phone before going to bed, to bring a balance between physical living and virtual living.
By doing this, in forcing yourself to switch off, only for a few hours or a day, I think you will start to gain perspective on life.
I think you will like it.