The Main Reasons Why You Need to Take Time to "Unplug"

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In the day and age where technology rules all, it can be all but impossible to take time to unplug and recenter yourself. Between smartphones, TV, computers, the works… we’re basically always in front of a screen. But what’s it doing to our brains? Today, we’re going to review the benefits to taking time to unplug and go “off the grid” even just for a short amount of time.

Quality of Life

Being constantly plugged in take a toll on your quality of life. How? You’re missing out on what’s going on around you. Time doesn’t slow down just because you’re checking your email or scrolling through social media. While those things are fine to do, make sure they’re not eating up all your free time. Put the devices down, go for a walk and enjoy the day. Make real life connections with real life people. Get out and experience life!

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Image Source: Djuna Passman

Sleeping

Did you know that your devices can interrupt your sleep? The harsh lighting prevents your brain from slowing down and getting sleepy at night. And if your phone is constantly dinging throughout the night, you’ll never get into a good sleep cycle. If you need to have your phone close by at night, try putting it on do not disturb. Additionally, if you’re going to be on your phone close to bedtime, try using night-shift mode to warm up the harsh lighting your screen usually has. While this won’t solve the sleeping issues as much as cutting out phone use before bed altogether would, it should help.

Avoiding Burn-Out

Smartphones are a double-edged sword. While it’s great to have instant access to the world at your fingertips, it also means you have constant access to email, texts, and more. When you come home from work and continue to check and answer emails, you’re leading yourself down a bad path towards burn out. Leave the work at work and focus on the home at home. Spend time with loved ones chatting about your days instead of continuing to work for a few more hours before bed.

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Communication

How many times have you gone to a restaurant recently and seen a whole table full of people sitting there on their phones? Or maybe everyone except for a single person? All too frequently! If you’re spending time with loved ones, make it true quality time. Put the devices away and have genuine conversations. Ask questions, share stories… make the time worth it!

FOMO and Relationships

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is not healthy! It’s impossible to stay up to date on everyone and everything, or being multiple places at once, so just accept that you’re going to miss things. Taking a step back from social media can help that fact sting a little less. No one likes getting their feelings hurt by seeing a group of friends out doing something fun when you weren’t invited. Social media can also prolong the pain of a breakup. Stop looking at their social media profiles and keep on moving along, girl. Bigger and better things are ahead.

Try setting a certain period of time at the same time everyday to unplug. Whether it be when you get home from work or for an hour before bed (or before you wake up), take the time to focus on the here and now instead of the technological beyond. We promise you’ll see a positive difference in your lives!

Self-Care: Apps and Books for Your Mental Health

Now that we’re full swing into 2018, it’s time to check in with ourselves and make sure that we’re doing our best to really take care of ourselves! Life gets hectic and the first thing to go onto the back burner is your own self-care. This year, our goal is to stop this bad habit and make our well-being a top priority! We aren’t saying to go out and spend money on weekly massages or even that you need to take a ton of time each day to dedicate to yourself, that’s not necessarily realistic for everyone. However, there are some really easy ways to take a few minutes out of your day to slow down and check in with yourself. Today, we’re sharing our top tools that help us focus back in on our well-being.

1. The Calm App

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Image Source: Calm

We love the calm app! This meditation app offers a huge variety of guided meditation options to choose from. While there is a subscription fee, you can download the app for free and play around with some of the meditations before you decide if it’s for you or not. More often than not, you’ll end up receiving an email with a coupon code to use for your subscription! These guided meditations cover things such as stress relief, anxiety, happiness, focus, peace, sleep and so much more. Start your day with a five minute meditation session to put you out the door on the right foot. Listen to a sleep story to help you relax and fall into a deep, restful sleep at night. We truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this one!

2. The Daily Quote App

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Image Source: Daily Motivation

Do you respond well to inspirational and motivational quotes? Well, so do we! The Daily Quote app is a free app that provides you with daily inspirational and motivational quotes. Enable notifications to have it send you your quote of the day each morning! We have ours set to notify us the same time we wake up, because what’s better than waking up to some motivation waiting to greet you?

 
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Image Source: Samia's Photography

This is one of our all-time favorite books. The tagline is “How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.” If you’re someone looking to really take control of your life and make positive changes, this is the book for you! Find a way to take even 5 minutes a day to read a few pages. Put yourself first, make a commitment to read each day, and transform your life into the one you want to be living.

 
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Image Source: Rachel Hollis

As women, we unknowingly believe many lies about ourselves. The title “Stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you were meant to be” couldn’t be more true. Hollis starts each chapter with a lie that she, and most women, believed about herself that made her feel negatively. She then re-tells her experience with this lie, and finishes up with what helped her work through and unpack things to discover the truth of her situation. This story is so relatable and motivational, showing just how true it is that you can accomplish anything if you stick with it and believe in yourself!