We’ve all heard about how “kids these days” spend way too much time “chilling out” in front of technology. If they can spend all afternoon playing video games, we wonder, can’t they spend the same amount of time doing homework or playing outdoors?
But perhaps all the chatter about “kids these days” has prevented us from looking at ourselves in the mirror. The fact of the matter is that Moms these days have also been pulled into the technology vortex!
Life has become incredibly hectic as we find ourselves on call 24/6. We go from email to phone call, and before we know it, we’re onto the next email. But in the midst of all the busyness, some
self-awareness is vital. If you don’t grab the chance for some peace and quiet in your life, who will? Amidst all the buzzing, ringing and ring tones, give yourself the chance to disconnect from the digital world and find serenity.
Know Your Needs
It happens all the time. We get blinded by the hype and begin to fool ourselves. We feel that the latest gadgets will make us ever more productive. But once we own them, we can become even less productive in those areas of our lives that were once priorities.
So take the first step and ask yourself if the iPhone, iPad and computer are necessities. If the answer is yes, ask yourself what purpose they actually serve. Will you be using them for email, business or online learning? Or will they just give you a way to waste time? Do you really need all those apps, or will a flip phone get you through life just the same? This requires being brutally honest with yourself, but with some serious reflection, you can prevent gadgets from taking away precious time.
Once you know what you’ll be using your devices for, perhaps it may be helpful to write a list of sites to visit or projects to accomplish each time you are about to head online. If you need to check your emails and look up a recipe for apple pie, stick to that. By making it your business not to deviate from your list, you can nip any unnecessary browsing in the bud.
Rest And Relaxation
We live with the immense pressures of deadlines, haste, traffic and now technology. All of these things cause our blood pressure and cortisol levels to rise, and before long our bodies find themselves in a very unnatural state of stress. To prevent breakdown, rest is crucial. But with phones and internet demanding so much of our attention so much of the time, it seems nearly impossible to find time to relax.
The “hamster-wheel” mentality is extremely detrimental. Human beings need breaks! We need to watch the trees moving gently in the breeze or imagine ourselves sitting in a lounge chair on the sand. We need to give our bodies an opportunity for deep relaxation.
The following suggestion may sound impossible, but it is a great way to boost your health and productivity: schedule 15 minutes a day for doing nothing. Yes, you read that correctly. For 15 minutes, do nothing! Sit on the couch, breathe, feel your feet on the ground and think about nature. Your body and mind will thank you. And once you get back to the daily grind, you will be able to deal with stressors much more effectively.
For many moms, the three or four hours after the children come home from school are spent in a whirlwind of homework, dinner, baths and bedtime. Not to mention all the phone calls and gadgets that you and your kids become occupied with. And by the end of the night, you may realize that you didn’t actually get to spend quality time with the people you love most.
Your kids spend an entire day dealing with the pressures of school and life in a big world. When they come home, make it your priority to give them at least as much time and attention as you do to technology! Commit to quality time without any distractions.
With a few simple steps, you can make sure that the technology monster doesn’t swallow you alive. Spending time in the real world, in nature and with the ones we love, disconnected from internet connection, is what life and enjoying the beauty of Hashem’s world is really all about.