The technological advances we have in our lives today are truly amazing. Smart phones are an example and have brought major convenience to our lives. We can read books, Google answers to questions and remain connected to the outside world 24/7. While these advances have improved our lives, they also come with a downside. Where can we find time to pause from all this connectivity?
Eighty four percent of cell phone users admit they could not go a day without their device and sixty-seven percent admit to checking for a call, text or alert when they didn’t even notice the device ringing. There is an emerging psychological disorder induced by technology called The Fear of Missing Out or FOMO. When I read about this, my first thought was really? The need to always be connected to what others are doing can leave people feeling depressed, lonely and unhappy. Not being able to leave work at the office can leave you feeling stressed and exhausted. As a nurse having to take call for emergencies at night after working all day, I know how this feels. Just ask my husband about the “fit” I threw at 3 am when the pager rang off for the third time that night. Lack of sleep brings out the best in me!
Unplugging or taking time off from electronic devices will improve your life and your relationships.
#1-Unplugging from social media can improve your emotional health. One in three people feel worse after checking Facebook due to feelings of jealousy, envy and loneliness.
#2-It helps to combat FOMO and can help you be more present with what is going on right in front of you.
#3. Having time to reflect or evaluate your life “quietly” may open up new opportunities for growth and development.
Unplugging or powering down can be done several ways. Some influential people set aside a month every year to unplug from all technology. They use the time to catch up on reading, spend quality time with their family or working on a new skill. While I think this would be pretty cool, I also think it would be too challenging for many of us. So start with just an hour a day. For the first hour of the day, don’t check your phone. Take that hour to do some stretching, meditate, catch up on reading or eat breakfast with the kids. Spending a couple of hours unplugged in the evening allows you time to reflect on your day, connect with real people and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.
Taking time off is important for our health but especially our happiness. Just like our body’s need to rest and recover, our brains need to do the same. Let’s not be a world of people walking around with our heads down staring at our phones missing out on what’s really going on. Unplug each day to make a real connection with yourself and others.
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