It seems we’ve reached an almost-robotic era where events are equipped with “Charging Stations” to conveniently offer guests a complimentary recharge. At a recent event, as soon as I passed one of said “charging stations,” I immediately wondered if this was a service offered because cell phone batteries suck or was it because people are obsessed with their phones and couldn’t stand being low on battery? Option C is “Both.”
Have we really gotten there? To the point that a few hours of disconnect from the outside world seems unfathomable? I find it ironic that, as human beings, we often seek to “get away” from all technology in order to de-stress and recharge.
Am I alone in battling the struggle for connecting to others through technology while still trying to resist its overuse?
As much as I enjoy dancing, the teeter-totter balancing act between the two is exhausting. Physically, I can immediately tell when it’s been too much. Days and weeks when I’ve been tech-heavy, writing articles, editing photos, posting to Instagram/ Pinterest/ Twitter, etc. I feel a clear line of stress from the muscles under my knuckles, through my forearms and up to the area where the nape of my neck meets my skull. Any gentle touch to any spot along that line would trigger a semi-painful response. Mentally, when I notice myself avoiding social interaction (see “Netflix Movie Marathon”), I know it’s time to check myself into the ‘Human Charging Station.”
“What the hell are you talking about, Tutti?”
I’m referring to my personal paradise where I don’t feel pressure to perform on any level nor do I judge myself for indulging in personal time. I have several charging stations that do the trick.
1. Yoga – whether you believe in lines of energy or not, there’s something to be said about the power that comes from grounding yourself through strengthening postures and feeling the earth under the palms of your hands. Not to mention the calming effect that spreads over me after doing yoga. In Spanish, we have a saying that literally says, “In the absence of bread, cracker,” and it basically states if you can’t have what you originally wanted (bread/ to live in a spa), then do what’s available (cracker/ yoga). Such a weird saying, but kinda cute, right? Ps. Puerto Ricans love carbs. If it’s not bread, then it better be at least a cracker, dammit!
2. Quality Time – Sometimes I just yearn for a nice cuddle sesh with friends or family. In my case, this also includes “tickles” – tender caresses up and down my arm / back / head / anywhere – I just love being touched! Another QT favorite is going to sporting events. As boring as baseball may be to some, I love going to games! Brunch and dinner rendezvous are nice too ☺ I feel like I’m writing a dating profile. Enough about QT.
3. Nature – the scenery, the smells, the air and the general feeling of being in the right place. In New York City, as crammed as buildings are on top of each other, there are pockets of bliss (parks) that I enjoy spending time in when the weight of technology has overcome me. When I have more time, money and an excuse to get out, I love getting out to “real” nature: mountains, beach, country, coast, etc. Again, the energy that bounces back from nature is almost immediately healing.
Where are your charging stations? How often do you get yourself there?
It’s the beginning of a new week. May I challenge you to something?
Find your charging station.
Get to it before Friday and report back.