With all the negative news of violence, riots, police brutality, and limitations on one’s mobility, this year, it is doubly important to take a break from the day-day routine. Working from home, while checking on social media, tends to increase the feeling of isolation and it would be very easy to slip into the trance of depression. This is a trap you don’t want to fall into.
When society was going to the office, casually meeting with friends and family, it was easier to forget the troubles seen and read about on the internet. All it would take was a chat with a co-worker over coffee and faith in humanity would return. This is why I would encourage all to make a conscious effort to get back to nature, spend more time outdoors, or simply take an extended walk through your neighbourhood.
In the next few days, our family will be travelling to a cabin in the woods. In past years, I would have seen it as a minus to not have a TV or access to wifi in the cabin. This year, I see it as a major plus.
Fake news and crazy people on social media are a real downer. It’s very hard to avoid the negativity, so I’m looking forward to unplugging completely from this influence for a week. I will also strive to count my blessings. I find it amazing how I feel happier when I try and practice gratitude for the positives in my life.
Even in the ancient book known as the Bible, we are encouraged to take breaks. “Rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days” (Leviticus 23:40).
Taking a break from work and day-day pressures is a good thing. While it doesn’t come naturally to me, I know it’s important to make an effort to focus on the positive and not the negative. I hope in time, it becomes easier to do this.