Why do we get Stressed About Replying Quickly?

Why do we get Stressed About Replying Quickly?

My first thought, obviously, was about the workplace and the culture we have created there that rewards being “always-on” but I think so much of this pressure permeates beyond work. As technology has become commonplace we all live with this pressure and this expectation. Think about it, how many times in a given week are you apologizing to friends and family because you couldn’t get back to them right away?

I do it all the time.

Heck, I’ve gotten text messages while having lunch or dinner with a friend, catching up with someone I haven’t gotten to see much for the last couple of years, and then apologized for doing that and being unavailable. Why? That makes no sense but we live in a culture where being connected to technology all the time also means that we should be responsive all the time. Or at least we feel like we should. Frankly, that’s a lot of pressure.

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 16, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 16, 2022

Every Day Is a Good Day to Talk About Mental Health, but There are Some Upcoming Special Ones

Every Day Is a Good Day to Talk About Mental Health, but There are Some Upcoming Special Ones

I’m a firm believer that we don’t need any kind of special permission to talk about mental health and the stories of people dealing with mental health issues any day that we want to, but I also wanted to bring a couple of special days that are being set aside in Canada and the UK for the purpose.

Study Shows That Limiting Your Life to Only “Positive” Friends May Be Hurting You
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Study Shows That Limiting Your Life to Only “Positive” Friends May Be Hurting You

As it turns out, tuning out people who might need some compassion is simply an act of isolation, and isolation is almost never good for our own mental health. By cutting out the people who don’t always offer up those positive vibes, we wind up disconnected and lonely. Which, of course, we can’t share with the people left around us, because we are all living in the nothing negative bubble, so you are now living a very isolated life, which leads to much MORE anxiety, stress, and depression. 

Sharing – The impact of Facebook and Instagram on teens isn’t so clear
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Sharing – The impact of Facebook and Instagram on teens isn’t so clear

In the end, here’s the thing. You, and your kids, are not a study. You are all individuals, who may be negatively impacted by social media, or not. You may need to consider not using it, you may need to consider changing up who you’re following to get stuff that is good for your mental health into your feeds, or you may be perfectly fine using it the way you are. It might even be helping you and having a positive impact on your lives.

Only you can truly judge that. If it’s harming you, I hope you’ll consider making changes. Follow the social media accounts for this blog if you want to start getting more information like this, or just stop using it altogether. If it’s helping you feel supported and less alone in the world, then enjoy that and I hope you’ll continue to share that within your social media circles.

As I have said many times – do what works for you.

Sharing – 5 Tiktok Accounts For Your Mental Health

Sharing – 5 Tiktok Accounts For Your Mental Health

I joined TikTok with similar thoughts to what I do on other social platforms as well. But, it turns out creating video content is a little harder for me, so it hasn’t been as active as I’d like it to be. Maybe I just need to follow this advice, find helpful and insightful content and let myself be inspired by it?

Check out the ones they suggest, and let us know if you have any favorite TikTok accounts related to mental health that you’d recommend?