Connect with others
Murthy's book "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes" emphasizes the importance of spending 15 minutes a day in contact with the people who matter most to you. This can help us feel less alone and not watch the networks go down.
But how can we connect with people when we cannot see them easily? At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us turned to video conferencing apps to virtually connect with friends, colleagues and loved ones. Now, more than four months into the pandemic, many are suffering from “zoom fatigue”.
Murthy said he, too, was sick of the neck pain caused by constant video calls and took many personal and business calls on his cell phone while out walking, which gives him energy and helps him stay focused.
Murthy also recommended that people form a moai, which is Japanese for social support groups. It could be a small group of friends who meet constantly – on the phone, by video call, or in person from a safe distance – and agree to take care of themselves. He and two friends form a moai, and once a month they spend two hours talking while openly chatting openly about personal matters related to health, relationships, and finances.
It can be difficult to change your behavior independently. You could tell your moai that you want to stop reading the nets tirelessly and they could help you meet the requirements. Murthy said that the conversation with his moai-sized friends was close and that he wanted to talk about a healthier relationship on social networks because sometimes he too falls into the vicious circle.
"The idea of setting aside time for the people you care about, be it fifteen minutes or more, is very important in a world where the lines between day and night, between week and weekend are gone," he said.
Brian X. Chen is a technology columnist. He reviews products and writes Tech Fix, a column designed to solve technology-related problems. Before joining the Times in 2011, he covered Apple and the wireless industry for Wired. @bxchen