“We long for unity, but are unwilling to pay the price. But of course, true unity cannot be so easily won. It starts with a change in attitudes – a broadening of our minds, and a broadening of our hearts.” President Barack Obama
Today it seems as if a line has been drawn in America, begging each of us to choose a side. Our team at Ruben Digital remains focused on one unifying value that gets overlooked in times of division: humanity.
It isn’t that our team of individuals don’t have their own political views, it’s just very clear to us what the power of unity can do for a community. For years we’ve worked hard to build up our communities; the physical communities we reside in and the social media communities we’ve built in the digital world.
A Psychology Today article shares: “But beyond our own individual political perspectives, I think it’s time to really focus on our shared humanity right now. Healing the wounds that recent U.S. politics have caused is, to my mind, foundational right now as we work collectively toward a better national and global community. One that sits on a base of respect, trust, and love. One that sits on a foundation that underscores our shared humanity.”
Across all political factions, the following tend to be true:
- Our family matters dearly to us.
- We appreciate the natural world.
- We appreciate art, music, and stories.
- We like to laugh.
- We want to experience love.
- We want to feel safe.
- We want to be part of a community.
- We want strong, meaningful friendships.
- We want to trust others and we want others to trust us.
- We want opportunities to pursue happiness.
- We want freedom to make our own choices in life.”
Focusing on what connects us as a human race can be extremely difficult, especially given the current tumultuous climate of our nation and the world regarding politics and the pandemic. As a team, we’ve all come up with our own methods to protect our sanity, serenity, and work productivity.
Our role as your outsourced digital marketing team has given us insight into the daily stresses many people are facing. Everywhere you look online, there are triggers for outrage, stress, pandemic fears, and emotional pain. Many people are even taking breaks from social media for the sake of their mental health. Does this sound familiar? You are not alone. We’ve decided to share our personal tools for handling this chaotic time, along with some extra help from our clients…
A Word from Nate…
As America battles the Coronavirus together, much debate has emerged on whether or not work from home is a sustainable concept. I have worked hard as the team leader to instill a culture where work from home was encouraged early on. Our team has used smart communication tools, tactfully delivered messages, and a great deal of personal ownership in our task management to create an ideal balance making work from home work for us.
When my wife and I bought our home this year, we knew it was important to create a peaceful and productive space. Not knowing how long quarantine would last, our most important goal was for each of us to have our own personal space within our shared sanctuary.
For me, health is the only true wealth. Maintaining a lifestyle dedicated to health and fitness is not something I do for looks or outside approval. It is a way of life that builds greater mental clarity and emotional stability. In our new home, I created a space to meditate and workout daily. This space has brought me lots of joy! I have had years of practice with meditation, and occasionally I will guide my team in a centering/grounding meditation.
Need some help getting started with meditation? Check out my short grounding guided meditation video…
I strongly believe that self care is necessary in order to thrive. Many people think of self care as selfish, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The better I take care of myself, the better I can show up in my personal and professional life. Sometimes I find myself overworking and ignoring my own needs – that’s when I am most stressed. No one can pour from an empty cup! Just like we recharge our phones, we also need to recharge our own batteries.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott
A few ways I like to practice self care and “unplug” on a regular basis include:
- Playing with my adorable kittens and taking them for a walk in the stroller
- Getting a massage or going in the infrared sauna
- Working out or practicing yoga
- Meditation and prayer
- Taking a bubble bath
- Picking up a coffee from one of my favorite local spots
- Listening to music and creating art
- Watching a funny show, like Schitt’s Creek
Recently, it was National Team Manager Day. I usually don’t like to be the center of attention, but I have to say it felt good to be celebrated for my hard work!
“Knowing when enough is enough! Unplugging from my device has given me a deep sense of peace.”
One of the most challenging things I’ve had to face this month is knowing when to unplug from social media. Most Americans (including myself) spend on average 10 hours a day in front of a device. Our phones are never too far away. I recently started to feel less connected with others – even though theoretically I’m digitally connected to everything.
Recently, I’ve made it a point to take steps in reconnecting with my loved ones near and far…
- Sundays in our home are now Facebook Messenger family call day. Every Sunday my husband, our kids and I reach out to family members outside of our home. We laugh and talk for up to an hour! It’s not the same as Sunday family dinners but, it beats not seeing them.
- Creating a digital cleanse by setting cut off time for social media around 9pm during the weekdays and minimum engagement on weekends. This digital cleanse has helped our family a lot!
- Friday night the force is strong in our home! Everyone puts their cell phones away and we catch up on the latest episode of Disney’s The Mandalorian. It’s a blast to hear the kids laugh at baby Yoda and see everyone take a break from the heaviness of the outside world.
I’m not saying don’t share pictures and partake in conversations with the people you care about online, I’m more or less saying take a moment to acknowledge “when enough is enough”. Take time to be present with the people around you.
Stress-reducing inspiration from some of our clients…
Checkexpress: Stay digitally connected like Ynez and her family! Checkexpress has cultivated a great guide to staying digitally connected during the pandemic. This guide can help you find a video call chat that’s right for your household, as well teaching you how to have a digital game night and much more!
IBZ Coaching: Need more self care and empowering reads to center yourself like Hannah? IBZ’s latest blog “7 Steps to Help You Create Positive Change in Your Life and Work” is sure to inspire you to switch up some of your daily habits and create positive personal change!
Tom Len Custom Homes: Are you craving more peace in your home? Renovate a space in your home designed for creativity and productivity like Nate did! Get some fabulous home inspiration while learning what the latest home design trends of 2020/2021 are from our friends at Tom Len Custom Homes.
Computers Nationwide: Attention business owners! Are you worried about a cyber attack wiping out important information? Reduce your stress as a SMB owner by protecting your data with secure back ups! Computers Nationwide shares why having a protected, reliable backup system will give you a peace of mind and security.
Special “thank you” from Nate to the following clients for helping him setup his new home and remote workspace:
- Sears Garage Solutions: They did a beautiful job with our floors!
- Computers Nationwide: They wired my new office!