It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting here in my pj’s collecting thoughts after just scrolling through my social media feeds. I know people hate Twitter and what it’s become with the cancel culture – so do I, trust me. But because of the isolation of the pandemic which is still going strong here with 2500 daily cases, I’m grateful for all the new local friends I’ve “met” online and chat with almost daily. They are helping me get through this dark time in our lives.
But as I sit here and collect my thoughts, I can’t help but think of the dangers of social media and how it affects our mental health in general. Every second post was an angry “I hate this province” or “I hate this government” or worse, “I’m so depressed I can’t even get out of bed” kind of posts. And it fucking breaks my heart y’all. Yes, y’all. I’m saying that with a Texan accent I don’t have. Because sometimes, living in Alberta feels like we’re living in Texas.
I had a rough night without any sleep and crawled into bed around 7:30 this morning. I got some stuff done last night. I worked on my new youtube channel which is called Calming Continuum. I thought to myself, rather than get wrapped up in all the hate and toxicity that is social media, I would use the platform to promote music that is healing for the body, mind, and soul.
Music has always been my “escape” from the day to day grind of whatever reality we’re living in. I’ve had a rough few days. But so has a lot of people. Instead of dwelling in my misery, I’ve opted for a more kinder motto.
Be excellent to each other. Maybe get yourself a dog. Or a cat. I actually had a dream that I had a cat this morning and I woke up all stuffed up with a swollen face. If it weren’t for my allergies, I absolutely would get a pet. They’re a lot of work. And a lot of love.
And so… I’m going to leave with you this unsolicited sage advice.
If the sun is shining where you are…. remove yourself from the digital world. Unplug yourself for the day. Turn off the phones. Grab some earbuds and your musical playing device. Pick your favorite playlist. Or YouTube channel.
Grab a drink. Sit on your balcony or in your yard. Go find a quiet spot in nature and just reconnect yourself. Mother Earth, as said by our Native American ancestors, can be healing if you let her.
Or even better, grab a mask, and take a drive if you can to a quiet spot near water. Pack a picnic lunch or dinner. Take some time alone to just reconnect with nature. I promise, this can be more therapeutic than an entire year of therapy. Trust me, I know.
Here’s the first video of my new channel. If you like nature themed music — please consider subscribing.