29 August 2016

What are you doing this Bank Holiday?

phoneIt’s the last of the summer and the kids are back to school soon, so how will you make the most of it? To me, it’s the perfect time to switch off your phone, to disconnect.

It is all too easy to get caught up in the rhythm of checking emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, the news, messages, and then back to emails again. It’s a never-ending conveyer belt of notifications.

What do you do when you first wake up? Research revealed last year showed that the majority of us (35%) reach for our smartphone, and 55% of us have it on the nightstand next to us all night. Astonishingly 23% of people surveyed had nodded off with their phone in their hand! We’re never away from our smartphones.

Whilst being ‘always on’ has its obvious benefits, and allows us to be productive, to run amazing businesses and access anything, anywhere at any time; I don’t think it is healthy to be constantly connected. We all need a break now and then.

Checking our phones as soon as we wake up stops us diving straight into the day and we miss the opportunity to come around to the world, to assess what we need for the day ahead.

If you wait a little longer before checking your notification stream, you could get stuck straight into the biggest job of the day that needs doing; you could eat that frog!

Often, our smartphones are an excuse to procrastinate, getting caught in a black hole of notifications and information. Have you ever picked up your phone for a second and 30 minutes later realised that you’ve no idea where the past half an hour has gone?

Alongside this, I believe that this constant stream of information fuels ‘FOMO’; the fear of missing out. As you can’t do everything at once, you will always be missing out on something. Scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest is only going to highlight all of the things you’re not doing or you don’t have, rather than allowing you to focus on the present, on what you’re doing right now.

Looking at the thousands, if not millions, of beautifully staged photographs it’s easy to feel that your life isn’t quite up to scratch. Whilst it is great to aspire to things, it’s not healthy to continually compare yourself to others in this way.

Also, what you don’t see is what is outside of the frame. Surrounding that stunningly prepared avocado breakfast is a kitchen in complete chaos!

So, take this Bank Holiday as a chance to disconnect. Step away from the distractions and look around you. Be grateful for what you have and what you are doing. Relax and have fun!

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