Being constantly connected to technology, social media, and other people seems effective. In reality, it can quickly become all-consuming, draining, and unhealthy. Regularly taking breaks to completely unplug can have massive benefits to both your mental and physical health.
What kind of benefit?
According to government research, less time on technology lowers your risk for developing sleep problems.
Unplugging makes you consciously aware of your surroundings. You’ll start to pick up on some of the smaller details about the people you hang out with as well as the places you visit.
Ditching technology once a week gives your brain a chance to rest and reboot. This is important for improving your overall mood and for enhancing your memory.
People who spend too much time on social media tend to feel jealous and lonely. Backing away and spending time with friends and family will alleviate those feelings.
Spending too much time connected makes you feel as though you’ll miss out on things (FOMO = Fear of Missing Out). Disconnect from a constant stream of communication and live in your current now.
Backing away from technology and constant connectivity will give you time to contribute to the world via creation.
The presence of a technological device, especially a cell phone, is enough to distract you mentally from tasks. Leave your phone alone and in a drawer for enhanced focus.
More than 84% of people with a cell phone think they can’t live without it; and almost half sleep with their phones next to their bed. It’s overkill, and it’s not doing you any good.
Unplug for a few hours a day or one day a week. The world won’t end and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for another day.