Amidst the noise, it can be difficult to recognise when we need to step back and take a break from society [Courtesy, iStock]

The human experience thrives on connection. We are social creatures wired to interact, form bonds and share experiences with others. However, in this fast-paced world keeping up can pose to be a real problem.

This relentless societal engagement while offering undeniable benefits can also create a state of chronic overload.

Amidst the noise, it can be difficult to recognise when we need to step back and take a break from society. And chances are, you probably do. We all do.

The human body is a remarkable machine, but even the most resilient machine needs time to recharge. When it comes to societal overload, the warning signs are often subtle manifesting not just in emotional exhaustion but also in physical symptoms.

According to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, chronic social stress can lead to headaches, sleep disturbances and even a weakened immune system.

On the emotional front, a growing sense of cynicism, irritability towards social interactions and a persistent feeling of being drained can all be indicators of needing a break. You might find yourself withdrawing from activities you once enjoyed or struggling to concentrate on work or hobbies.


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Recognising the signs is the first step. The next crucial step is taking action.

Learning to politely decline social invitations is a skill often underutilised. Start by saying no to one or two invitations, gradually creating space for activities that truly nourish you even if that meansspending a quiet weekend alone at home.

Studies have shown that spending time in nature can significantly reduce stress and improve mood. So seek solace in a local park, a weekend camping trip if you dare or simply sit on your balcony and listen to the sounds of nature.

The constant stream of notifications and social media updates can be a major stressor. Consider setting boundaries for yourself. Turn off notifications during work hours and dedicate specific times for checking social media and consider a digital detox weekend where you disconnect entirely.

This step alone will not only free up your precious time but you will start giving attention to those things that matter.

You will now have time for activities that promote wellness. This could mean indulging in a warm bath, drinking a cup of chamomile tea while reading a book or simply knitting as you listen to some relaxing background Beethoven.

However, if the feeling of societal overload is persistent and significantly impacting your daily life, don't hesitate to seek professional help.