Whether you’re having a full-blown panic attack or simply feeling a bit overwhelmed, you could stand to get rid of some stress in your life. I just know it.
Many articles I read suggest the same thing: unplug.
They advocate silencing your phone, getting rid of your apps, turning off alerts.
So here’s what I’m doing: I’m keeping everything and keeping it on.
Turning all these off makes me anxious. I worry whether that appointment is today and, if so, what time it is and, crap, what if I’m late because we’re playing Boggle. What if I miss that call, text, or email I’ve been waiting for?
If I set my phone up to check my email, guess what I’m not doing? If I set it up to alert me an hour before an appointment, I can be in the moment because I won’t be watching the clock. It gives me peace of mind.
Am I relying too much on my phone? You bet. But, for now, it’s working.
There are times I need a break—I mute my phone or turn it off completely. I get it. I really do. But, sometimes, reducing my stress means not unplugging.
My Sunday thoughts in 200 words or less.