The Importance of Disconnecting

Author Amy Saunders

Working in a fast-paced video production company it’s safe to say that no two days are the same. Recently I’ve noticed that being “busy” seems to be something that people pride themselves on. The busier you are, the more important and meaningful your day to day life is, right? I’m not so sure…

I absolutely love my job, and the industry I work in, but it can be highly demanding. Many people thrive in an “always-on” environment, particularly those who choose to work in creative industries. I am one of those people. However, there is definitely a fine line between being passionate and burn out (the latter to be heavily avoided).

We spend thousands of pounds every year on our physical health – gym memberships, fitness classes and healthy food – but what about our mental state? Investing in our minds and paying attention to our feelings should be just as important as our physical wellbeing. I’m not saying that weekly therapy is essential, but the value which comes from taking even a few minutes to switch off and take stock after a busy day is enormous. Some people find that space through walking, yoga or meditation; for me it helps to change my physical environment.

Last month, I spent a long weekend in a remote part of Scotland with no phone reception. As someone who is a little bit too attached to my phone, this filled me with dread. However, just a few hours in and my phone was long forgotten, and I had a wonderful weekend spending quality time with the people I love. Talking and really listening. Whilst it might not be practical for me to have wireless weekends for eternity, those disconnected few days really reminded me that there’s a hell of a lot more to life than a screen, social media and my emails.

The era of the smartphone means that we no longer need to be tied to the office desk until the early hours; we can be answering emails and calls at any time of day or night. Therefore, without that work life balance that people so frequently talk about, we’re going to burn out. Taking a bit of time for yourself, disconnecting and jumping off the spinning hamster wheel every now and then is not something to be ashamed of, it’s essential to our wellbeing.

Some of the things we do at Tanami to help assist in achieving a healthy balance include working from home options, flexibility if you want to go to a gym class at lunch, coming in late after long filming days, working in a coffee shop for a change of scenery… we’re also very aware of respecting people’s personal commitments outside of work.

The next time someone asks how I am, I’ll take a breath, avoid the ‘B’ word and simply say “I’m good thank you”.

So, let’s work hard, play hard but also make time to relax hard.

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