For the past few weeks, I’ve felt this phenomenon of digital social exhaustion. In such a chaotic and uncertain time, we critically need connection and communal care. But at the same time, the deep grief that’s being held by the world can also make these digital connections even more exhausting.
Digital communication already creates the feeling that we’re all accessible to each other, 24 hours a day. With more connections being moved online, it’s important that we know that our boundaries are still important & deserve to be honored.
If you don’t feel like going to the Zoom party because you’re sad -that’s ok! Don’t feel like phone calls rn? That’s real! Want to connect but texting makes you anxious? You and your loved ones can still find alternative method that works for you.
As we navigate these strange and uncertain times, it’s so important to hold and practice that we can’t care for each other if our own needs aren’t met. Your boundaries are sacred, real, and deserve to be honored, whether digital, IRL, or any other form. If you feel moved to do so, share these with someone that you love.