Posted in overload, social media, stress, time management

The Email Swamp

I was reading on Facebook how someone had deleted 2000 emails and felt well pleased with themselves. It is getting out of hand and email is starting to swamp all of us. Some of us have moved to the social media sites which make communicating far simpler and more effective. We get emails from work, family , friends, subscriptions, stores, accounts. Spam is being dealt with effectively but now we are spammed by lifestyle. Everyone wants your email and then when you get all those emails you can spend a big chunk of time trying to get around to all the emails. Most people run different email accounts for different purposes and then they get muddled because you can’t always streamline it that easily and then people get cranky because you didn’t reply because it was just an email. Email used to be easy. Not any more. I have separate email accounts – two for work, one for my blogs and online things and a private one. It’s taking too much time and it is just a horrible chore now. I have signed up for news letters I want but they get buried in other things which are buried in newsletters. I don’t like it any more and if we are deleting hundreds of unread emails, I’d say we have  a problem we need to change. Social media is direct and that sort of communication is limited and easier to manage. Facebook gives you the option of writing more if you want to. We are going to have to do something.
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Posted in Blogging, Facebook, social media

Social networking makes you happy

Can blogging help you feel more connected with others and, in turn, increase your own sense of well-being and happiness? Apparently so, at least amongst college students.
According to this research, then yes, blogging , in particular can make you happy. But what about other social networks? Is there research? We hear a lot about the down side of social networks but I have seen people who have been in a lot of pain or socially isolated find a new sense of self and purpose through social networks. They do allow you to find some very helpful and supportive people and there are so many things you can be involved with online and perhaps, even, find new skills and interests. I’d like to see some more about the good impact of social networks and how they encourage people to have a positive life.
Posted in anxiety, bullying, callum, social media, twiiter

Callum – MasterChef

#Callum became a trending top on Twitter Wednesday night after the great custard fiasco for all the wrong reasons.Callum is a competent contestant on MasterChef and has survived to the finals. It’s great he is still there because he is troubled with issues to do with anxiety. He breaks out in blotches and he becomes incredibly nervous. Most of the time he manages and still performs well as he did with his violet macaroons. He is bright, intelligent, takes things seriously and Jamie Oliver seemed to understand him well when Callum won the lesson with him. Callum absorbs information easily. In a way it is good that Callum is in the limelight because we need to seriously look at how we treat people with nerves. In a school situation  he’d be given consideration and would be tested according to his needs because his high levels of anxiety would be taken into account. He is in the perfect position to help others and help himself at the same time because he has come a long way inspite of having to manage a set of emotions which clearly become intolerable at times. Afterwards he articulates very well the issues and problems but these have not been addressed. The media has little understanding of and compassion for anxiety and social media even less.So, do we just stand by and let it happen? Do we try and support people like Callum? Do we continue to allow him to be lampooned and berated when he is not being stupid at all? he just hasn’t found a way yet of feeling secure under erratic and unpredictable conditions and yes, history repeats itself and he “cannot learn”. I thought we had highlighted mental health issues and I thought we had absorbed some ways of helping people who are highly anxious  or depressed. Those were the two areas I thought we had made progress in, but seems not. We can do better than this and maybe Callum can help us do it better.