As everything is going online we might be experiencing of online overload. From church services to music festivals most of will be feeling the tiredness from our ongoing online overload. So many aspects of our lives has switched online, from work, leisure, news and family contact and parties. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are more or less permanently glued to our screens.
The online overload is creating fatigue. It can cause our eyes to feel tired and strained, with a constant influx of communication, our minds will be over stimulated. A lot more of our attention is needed to communicate online and, then there’s feeling of constantly being watched.
Online contact is important for emotional and mental wellbeing , however it’s wise to reduce the amount of time we spend online. Find polite ways of telling people you are unable to keep up with what’s app groups, Zoom check-ins and online partying.
Managing Online Overload
If you’ve had enough of what’s app and daily news updates, here are some tips to help with the online overload.
- Designate a set time when you are in the house where you are free from all screens and devices.
- Set a limit to how much news you wish to intake.
- Instead of the TV, you can switch on the Radio for music and updates.
- Use a pen and paper for notes and writing things down.
- Turn to a paper diary for writing your to do list.
- Call your friends or family, give video calls a break.
- If you are using Zoom for Yoga– turn of the video at the end of class for relaxation.
- Spend more time outdoors, walking around your neighbourhood, or the local park.
- Avoid doing everything online. Pick a few things that you know you’ll like to keep up once the lockdown period finishes, such as gardening, painting or sowing.
- Practice simple meditation, relaxation and breath work on your own. Set 5 to 10 minutes aside for quiet time.