These days, we all probably spend a little too much time with gadgets in our hands. Whether it’s a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop, overuse of these devices has its downsides. If you have been feeling stressed out lately, unplugging from technology just might be the answer you have been searching for.
For many people, technology has become an indispensable part of life. In fact, 26 percent of Americans use the internet almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center. Unfortunately, all that screen time tends to leave people frazzled. If you think you could use a break, consider the benefits of logging off for a bit.
In today’s go-go-go society, Americans are plugged in all the time. Most of us receive a constant stream of text messages, social media notifications and more. Although we have come to rely on these updates, the over-stimulation can be stressful and affect mental wellness.
Sometimes, less is more.
Unplugging from technology once in a while can give your brain a much-needed break, which can help to clear your head and recharge your batteries.
A digital detox can also help to improve your physical health.
Too much technology tends to lead to issues, like obesity, poor posture and sleep disorders. By reducing daily screen time, you can also reduce the likelihood of developing unnecessary health problems.
Instead of sitting on the couch bent over a screen, go for walk or other type of aerobic exercise. You will likely feel healthier and sleep better because of it.
Although it’s nice to be in touch digitally, there’s no replacement for real-live personal contact. Face-time with friends, like social gatherings, can help you build healthier relationships.
Digital distractions also can limit your ability to be present in the moment. For example, if you are checking your phone all dinner long, you will have a harder time participating in the conversation.
By removing alerts, beeps and buzzes from the situation, you can make the most of your quality time with friends and family.
From social media to video games to the internet, the options for online entertainment are endless today. It’s all too easy to get consumed in it.
For most people, unplugging from technology is difficult. We have come to rely on digital devices in nearly all aspects of our life. However, a digital detox is possible if you work at it in small steps.
Unplugging from technology, even briefly, will help you recharge your batteries, so you can continue to lead a happy, healthy life.
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