Time To Declutter Over The Holidays

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Can we disconnect from the digital world, albeit just for a short time, and embrace our immediate surrounds and senses. Read some starting points from Penny Lane to declutter your families minds over Christmas

There is often reference to ‘fill your cup’ with all life has to offer but what happens when we overflow or increase our cup size to a point where our head space is a heavy overcrowded and sometimes stale place of storage? Is this constant heavy head a wake call to declutter our minds and refresh them with controlled priorities and some much needed space. This luxury to free our minds might be balance we are missing in a very overstimulating world.

Challenge yourself – can we disconnect from the digital world , albeit just for a short time, and embrace our immediate surrounds and senses. The overwhelming access to information, advice and observation is confusing and exhausting and we often lose our ability to filter what is of any relevance or interest to ourselves. There is a contact rapid stream of incoming information into our minds but does it get processed, utilised productively and discarded when it has expired?

It appears that with the rapid development of technology, in particular social media, comes the constant and exhausting pressure to be accountable in the public eye. This pressure, self-initiated or from social pressure, appears to often benefit some for just a moment in time and/or no-one as intended, so why not start being more accountable to ourselves. A starting point may be:

  • Instead of digitally capturing your latest master chef culinary creation invite your friends around for the real thing.
  • Watch a concert or priceless moment directly and not through the screen of a device, actually be in the moment.
  • Give your children a blank piece of paper & pencils instead of pre-empting an activity on the Ipad.
  • Use your own creativity to make, built or craft as opposed to using a search engine to dictate.
  • Replace ‘they say ….’ with ‘I say’ knowing that your experiences can benefit others not the information from ‘them’ (who ever ‘they are’).
  • Avoid the need to be constantly ‘busy’ and let your day evolve without direction.
Cute little girl doing homework, reading a book, coloring pages, writing and painting. Children paint. Kids draw. Preschooler with books at home. Preschoolers learn to write and read. Creative toddler

Give your children a blank piece of paper & pencils instead of pre-empting an activity on the Ipad all the time.

Sometimes the most enriching experiences in life are those we have self instigated, designed or developed ourselves in a pure and organic form that remind us that we can be proud without the watchful eye and judgement from others. Sure there is always the chance you could have done it better by collating everyone else’s ideas but then our own imagination and self-worth is left unemployed and undervalued.
Perhaps we need to remind ourselves how we viewed the world through our eyes as a child – a blank canvas waiting for us to create our own masterpiece, not download or replicate one.

The digital era is here and is wonderful but we need to retain our innate ability to love our-selves, our achievements, our creativity, and our self-worth without the need for public accountability via social media and without being dictated to from cyber space. We are responsible for our happiness and that in itself is empowering.
So ‘fill that cup’ with life but learning how to filter so our head space to be balanced, self-managed, controlled and most importantly ‘ours’ might just be a refreshing intervention that is needed.

About the author

Penny Lane

Penny Lane is a content and enthusiastic mother of 3 children (3,5,6) who with her husband live in central NSW on a mixed farming enterprise, primarily sheep, cattle and cropping. Penny loves being engaged and involved with the local community and is on several committees of various natures. Coming from an Agribusiness background Penny spent most of her career in many location throughout Australian with a focus on Wool, rural merchandise, livestock and finance. She feels blessed to be able to focus on raising her children as a stay at home mum but with the opportunity to be actively involved in elements of farming with her 'little helpers'.

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