New habits are emerging due to the lockdown. We are spending more time in front of screens. At the same time, there is a necessity for disconnecting from the news and recharging our energy.

Every time I get online, preserving my serenity becomes a challenge. Banners, notifications, and multiple browser tabs are calling my attention. It’s the feeling that nothing gets accomplished —the sensation of getting rid of my computer and disconnecting in the mountains. Here are some articles I read this week that talk about it.

Amid A Deep Recession, Outdoor Equipment Is Flying Off The Shelves, by Ashish Valentine

With social distancing being the new normal, consumers still need to stay occupied and healthy. During summertime in America, some outdoor product categories have experienced explosive growth.

  • People who had to cancel their summer plans are now looking for something different to do with those discretionary dollars.
  • Top industries in America are Cycling, Paddle Sports, Golf, Camping, Bird-watching, and Nature Sightings.
  • There is a renewed and heightened interest in wellness and fitness that might remain even post-crisis.

Fed Up with Endless Gloom, Social-Media Users Are Pulling Back, by Anushree Dave

Even though there’s a compulsion to keep up with dire news, some people rebel against it. We want to know what’s going on, and at the same time, we can become so overwhelmed by it.

  • News and Social Networking are the two categories of apps that people download the most.
  • According to a new survey by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, out of 2000 respondents, 1 in 5 admitted taking breaks from social media because of the sensory overload.
  • Plan your day ahead: turn off your notifications, and leave a dedicated amount of time to check the news.

How To Be More Productive by Working Less, by Mark Manson

When you exercise, you reach a point where your muscles tire out. The same thing happens with the brain. If you spend more screen time doesn’t necessarily mean you will achieve more.

  • When you dedicate too many hours to creative work, you don’t only start producing mediocre results. It can even spiral down to the point of doing bad work you will have to correct later.
  • Solving problems makes your mind happy. However, the mind needs a variety of stimulation and distraction to prevent overload.
  • Disconnecting can be used as a leverage point to improve productivity.