There is something very stressful to me, to answer the phone. Most of my calls are about making an appointment, or have been about my mother's declining health, or by someone that I don't want anything to do with. So, therefore, I always feel a bit dread, before I pick it up.
Then, add that we carry our mobile phones with us. So, even when calls are expected and wanted, returned to me, am I supposed to make any good decisions standing in the middle of a grocery store, or sitting on a bus? Sharing personal details in a public place? When I grew up, we had rules about calling. Not too late and not too long. I think mobile phones have just added stress to our lives, in comparison to sitting down, with pen, paper and planner, and a silent background.
It's a little the same with the feeds we follow. It can be relaxing to just sit and scroll, but receiving notifications or newsletters into your inbox, how interesting they might be, still feels like something I need to check off my list. I often feel like I don't have time to sit with it, and just wanted to check for something else. This is why I subscribe less, and choose more to search and perform any reading (watching or listening), when I feel like it. But yet, some notifications are desired, such as waiting for a reply from a friend.
How do you do? Do you give yourself the time and space you need to receive? Are you prepared?