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Unplug. Unwind.

12 November 2022 ‘Come with me…and get some rest.’ Mark 6:31 NIV

We’re part of the most high-tech and connected generation in history, but it hasn’t necessarily made us the most content generation. The Bible predicted the busyness and hurry we feel. God told Daniel that ‘many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase’ (Daniel 12:4 NKJV). We consume so much, but does it really broaden our minds effectively? One researcher says we’ve trained our brains ‘to constantly flit around the universe of messages and information seeking brief hits of excitement. Grazing ceaselessly, we never dig too deeply before moving on to the next distraction…and it ratchets up our stress levels in ways we are only starting to understand.’ We all need a bit of downtime where we disconnect from interruptions and the unending stream of information coming to our phones. We need to take time to reflect and recharge, so we don’t reach information overload. Avoiding burnout needs these: 1) Recognising the signs. If you feel you need to check your phone every few minutes, it might be worth taking a step back. 2) Doing something about it. Try making yourself unavailable for short times and see what happens. The world won’t come to an end, honest! 3) Realising you have a choice. There are very few circumstances where we need to be available twenty-four hours a day. Don’t feel pressured by others to be constantly available if it’s not necessary. 4) Establishing boundaries. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, avoid sending or replying to messages before and after a certain time each day. Jesus said, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ Let’s make sure we take time to unplug and unwind.

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