Thank God we have technology and we can stay connected with our loved ones during the quarantine. Even though our reality has changed, technology is helping us cope with the situation by providing accessible apps and cool platforms. From food delivery to sports training, from Netflix to Google Hangout, from Spotify to Instagram, it’s a never-ending list. Without all of them, I cannot imagine how our life would be these days.
Why not take a moment to be grateful for all of them?
On the other hand, too much technology could be harmful. So let’s take a look at what we should do to stay healthy and mindful during the holiday by using Digital Wellbeing tactics. Here are my top 3 pieces of advice for you:
1. Be online-present.
Even though your family & friends are at a distance, video calls can help you stay connected. While having meaningful time with them online, you may want to turn off the other gadgets so you can be fully present. For example, while you’re in a video call try not to check other notifications on your phone, or to take a look from time to time at the TV.
2. Try tech-free moments with your loved ones.
If you are lucky to have someone to be with at home, make sure you give them your full attention. This one is pretty easy: enjoy the Easter dinner without being distracted. Put your smartphones in another room, turn off the other gadgets and enjoy the food and the company of your loved ones!
3. Use social media wisely.
We all experience isolation differently. Maybe some of your friends are fortunate to stay in a house with a beautiful garden, and you are not, or others have their loved ones around them while you are single. Seeing “the perfect life” of others on Facebook or Instagram can make you feel bad. What you need to do is to remember that social media shows the very best part of each one’s life, and that there’s no reason to compare your day to day reality with others' highlights. When the FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) strikes, put your phone away and think about 3 things you are grateful for.
Embrace the Joy of Missing Out and stay safe at home.
Happy Easter, everyone!