During one of the lunch breaks amidst the whirlwind of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions during this year’s Medicine X, Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte joined us to talk about…us. The central theme of our conversation revolved around knowing when to take a break from our advocacy efforts and disconnect. The core idea of “know your body” was repeated throughout the lunch and through the rest of the conference.
This is where something like the Wellness Room came in handy. Having an opportunity to spend just a few minutes in a room dedicated to calm is a saving grace when there’s so much happening on the other side of the door.
The big problem is that knowing when to disconnect and actually disconnecting are two completely separate actions. It’s easy to get lost in the tweets, retweets, status updates, reblogs, hashtags, comments, hipster photo filters, pins, and…I think you get the idea. There’s a lot out there. Maybe too much. Especially for those of us engaged on multiple social media platforms (or the few of us with seven Tumblr blogs), just trying to keep track of everything can get exhausting. If I can barely keep track of all of my social media presences, how can I realistically know when I need to step back and put the phone away?