The Psychological Stress of Not Being Plugged In (#27)
If you haven't been through any extended emergency periods, one thing you might not have thought about is the psychological stress of not being plugged in. And by plugged in I don't only mean electricity. I also mean online.
We live in a very connected world, something we take for granted. We’re so accustomed to being plugged in all the time that it can be very disorienting when we aren’t. This is especially true for kids who don't know life without being plugged in whether it is online games, streaming videos, or simply having access to friends.
Feeling Cut Off
The first part of the stress is feeling cut off from the world. This was the primary reason we finally made the switch to a smartphone when we did. Prior to that we had flip phones and a phone line that ran through our cable television service. When the power went out, we were completely cut off. We had no way to access the internet.
Apart from the fact that it also made it impossible to work which was stressful, it was stressful to not know what was going on other than by a battery operated radio. With the addition of the smartphone, we had access to the internet. It made a huge difference to us.
Disruption to Routine
Not being plugged in is also difficult because it can really disrupt the routine. If you have a family that thrives on routine or a child who needs routine, this can be a big additional source of stress during a time of no power.
As you think through your plans in the coming weeks, keep in mind this source of potential stress for you and your loved ones.
What are some ways you can plan ahead to make times of disruption easier on everyone?
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