The things I’m thankful for….
It’s holiday season and now’s the time we all begin to really think about our lives and what matters most. Of course family, friends, love, job security, community, peace, and all of the other primary values that normally come to mind are of utmost consideration, but here’s something else to think about: living in the moment.
At times (or maybe a lot of the time) being a part of this culture means that we are constantly hustling and bustling; getting the kids to practice, meeting work deadlines, picking up the dry cleaning, scheduling networking events, etc. And during all of this we often forget to slow down, kick back, and take it all in - with loved ones or solo, it’s your choice. Like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
In a 2014 Digital Consumer Report by Nielsen it revealed that almost two-thirds (64%) of overall social media users say they use social media sites at least once a day via their computer, and almost half (47%) of smartphone owners visit social networks everyday. American consumers are connected with screens throughout the day and engage with media content for more than 60 hours per week. Shocking right?! We don’t realize sometimes how constantly connected we are because it’s such normal behavior today.
Take a well deserved break! In 2013 the Oxford Dictionary labeled this action as a ‘digital detox,’ which means “a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical.”
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the plethora of online activities and updates and allow our FOMO (fear of missing out) to kick into high gear, only elevating unwanted stress levels. But once in awhile take advantage of those opportunities to clear your mind, free yourself from the digital environment (as much as possible that it is) and really “taste and experience” life around you. The holidays are the perfect time to do so and I am so thankful for that. Enrich the moments with your loved ones by fully being present. Everyday life will be there when you return and you’ll be rested and ready to get back to it full force! Happy holidays and enjoy!