A weekend away from your phone can do the world of good for your physical and mental health, writes Emmet from Rushe Fitness.
I’m probably the most relaxed I’ve been in a very long time.
After the week we had last week with Level 5 looming and then not arriving, and then more speculation about a Halloween Lockdown, my wife and I had enough.
We decided it was time to take a complete break from all social media and news for the weekend and that is what we did.
We managed to get away for a night (in Donegal) on Friday night and we put it to good use.
We shut off the phones for the weekend and apart from checking that the kids were okay, we looked at nothing.
No social media
No Covid-19 updates
It was fantastic and I would highly recommend it.
I know many of you are living on social media at the moment and you may be using it for keeping up to date with everything that is going on re-Covid-19.
But you need to realise that this constant barrage of negativity and anxiety is not doing you or your mental health any good.
Saturday was World Mental Health Awareness Day.
Right now, our mental health needs a complete break from everything that is going on.
The best way you can do this for yourself is to shut off all social media apps and take a few days of doing nothing but reading books, playing with your kids, spending time with your family and watching movies.
If you need to keep in contact with anyone, you can always talk to them on the phone, but I know that is a foreign concept for many these days. So, you have Whatsapp or Facebook messenger that you can use independently of the main social sites.
If you are a business, you can do what I did over the weekend and schedule a few posts for the business pages to keep them active, but I wasn’t there and my instant message response told them to email and I would get back to them on Monday.
These things are really easy to do, but they will make a huge difference to your mental health and the anxiety you may be feeling right now.
So, if you are struggling with overwhelm right now because of everything that is coming at you re-Covid-19 and the increasing negativity online, it’s time to take a break from your phone, your tablet and your computer.
You are missing nothing by putting it down for a few days and your physical and mental health will thank you for it.
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