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!
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.
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.
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!