I’m not particularly stressed, I’m not particularly overwhelmed. I’m not even mad, but for the past week I have just been feeling bored.
– Ben Brooks, Mentally Fatigued
Unlike Ben, I am feeling quite stressed, but I can definitely relate to his feelings of boredom.
I can never quite pin-down exactly what is happening. I will scan through Twitter, or Facebook, or the RSS feeds and mentally throw my hands up in the air and give up. Very little captures my interest so intently that I want to explore further into a topic and gets me excited to share it with everyone. I almost want to take that drastic measure of nuking everything and starting over. I know better to do that, however, because I know it won’t solve my problem.
I am likely to build myself up to the same point in time only to get frustrated again and want to renew myself.
Ben’s solution is to take a break. Others take a digital sabbatical.
I could never completely detach myself from the digital world, mainly because my job depends on it. Taking a mental break would be welcomed. This is fitting considering we are in the period of Lent.
With this in mind, I will strive to do a few things over the next month:
- Stop reading the Twitter stream, and only interact with it through updates, mentions, direct messages.
- Same thing with Facebook. This may be a great break from seeing all the inspriational/funny graphics polluting the internet.
- Condense my reading of Google Reader to scanning at the end of the week, not daily, and liberally use “Mark All as Read.”
- Do more slow reads to fully understand longform pieces and read more outside of my own home.
- Write more, in generally.
We will see how well this goes for me. I naturally retreat to reading online when stressed out so it will be a challenge to not pick up the phone to scan Twitter and such.
Who else is participating by giving up something during Lent?