Disconnecting & Reconnecting

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

10 helpful tips on how you can recharge over the Christmas break.

2020 has certainly been a year like no other. Our way of life has changed, some would speculate forever. It has also been a time where the dependency on our hand held devices has seen an unprecedented increase.

Our phones have been our company during the isolation of COVID-19. Finding support in social groups while in lockdown, tuning into virtual groups such as online trivia nights, family get togethers, webinars, you name it, it has allowed for us to continue and maintain our connections. We have also become very tuned into news through our devices, the bushfires, the virus infections on a world scale, the politics, there really has been an overload as it has been an eventful year.

2021 holds a lot of hope for all and its safe to say that most people although having learnt so much in 2020, are keen to put it behind them and focus on a new year where we start to recover.

But first we need a break!

How do we give ourselves the best shot at entering 2021 fresh faced and bushy tailed?

Make sure you disconnect in order to reconnect.

We in Australia are very fortunate to have the opportunity to start back in the new year mostly fully functional and that is a massive advantage for us to rebuild our economy, we want to tackle it with a refreshed headspace.

Here are some tips on how we can recharge over the break.

1. Read a book

Escaping the world can be made easier by transferring your mind into another. We asked around the office for some great books to recommend:

Where the Crawdads Sing, a 2018 novel by Delia Owens. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens. This beautifully written book topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for a combined 32 non-consecutive weeks.

The love that I have James Moloney - Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel – timeless lessons on wealth, greed and happiness. Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people. Money - investing, personal finance, and business decisions - is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do.

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales - As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories – and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event.

Fight ClubChuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.

2. Get out in nature – learn about your country

While you are on holiday or even if you are at home, for something you may not have tried before, why not book a tour with the indigenous locals. To find out more go to https://www.welcometocountry.com/

3. Use your camera

Escape your phone and pick up your camera. Capture those moments that are just for you and your family, keep them from social media and make your family known that you are capturing memories that won’t be shared. Look for the genuine smiling faces, no duck faces, the free and easy moments that your audience knows are just for a smaller group rather than the world’s audience. You will be surprised at the changed quality and outcome and it may even reignite a long lost interest.

4. Turn off your notifications

Understanding that our devices are our phones and landlines seem to be a thing of the past, treat it as such and shut out all the other noise. Notifications pull us away from living. Be “present” and enjoy the time you have away from work. Reconnect with your family and friends and enjoy the moments uninterrupted.

5. Shut off the social media – even for a week.

We are not designed to be as informed as we are today and lets face it, if we can count our real friends on one hand it’s a recipe for a rich life (hint: nobody really has 500+ friends). Reconnect with those who are most important and give them your time. Cut out the noise and hear the truth. Get back to quality and scrap the quantity.

6. Go for a walk with the children in your family

Do a treasure hunt and make it fun! Listen to what they have to say, pulling them away from devices is critical, with home schooling, they too have increased their dependency. Listen to their perspective and enjoy their inquisitive perspective. Encourage it!

7. Get back to the arts!

Our Art Galleries are open and they are free! Plenty of space for social distancing and art always looks better in real life.

8. Book a video conference and have a sundowner with those you can’t be with

Don’t let Covid win, connect and have the face to face conversation albeit virtually.

9. Reinstate date night

Book a restaurant and make your special someone feel special again. Covid has killed romance somewhat – claim it back!

10. Pick up the phone and call your friends

Texting is useful for the short sharp messaging but its been a difficult year. Call your loved ones and show them you care by giving them your time and enjoying theirs.

After all, time is the most generous gift we can give anyone this Christmas.

It's time to reconnect with the real world now that we are allowed back out into it again.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Locatrix.