‘D’ is for Disconnection – 5 benefits of unplugging regularly – I love my smartphone, social media and technology in general. However, the health benefits of unplugging regularly outweigh the feeling of loss when we unplug.
There comes a time when enough is enough and I have started this year by having at least one technology free day each week. In a previous post The Mental Health Benefits of Unplugging for a Day I wrote that:
Whilst technology has made life easy and I love facebook for keeping in touch with family and friends who don’t live nearby, we can get caught up in the tech world. Instead of making life easier it can make life more stressful.
Scientific research has shown that our quality of life is improved if we disconnect regularly. Now I know that some of us may have our smartphone glued to our hand but for the sake of our mental and physical health we need to UNPLUG and DISCONNECT.
‘D’ is for Disconnect – 5 benefits of unplugging regularly
1. Improved mental health
Put the phone or laptop away and spend time meditating or reflecting on life. Getting in touch with your feelings and stresses of life is important for good mental health. Checking out from technology regularly helps to reduce stress and anxiety and increased mental well-being.
The other more recent problem is that is cyber-bullying is at almost epidemic proportions, especially in younger children and teenagers. As parents or grandparents, it is our responsibility to talk regularly with our children to check that they are okay.
2. Improved physical health
When we disconnect we have time to exercise and enjoy some down time. Sitting in front of computer screens for long periods is not only bad for our eyesight but also our backs and general health.
3. Discovering the real world
Did you know there is a wonderful world outside of the internet? Leaving technology behind and getting out into the sunshine can life your mood. You can discover new hobbies or enjoy nature or just take time to relax.
4. Improved relationships
Rather than texting (which I think has it’s place), have a genuine conversation. When I’m out and about, I see couples or families or friends at lunch or dinner all on their phones! They are probably texting each other rather than having a conversation. There is nothing more frustrating being with someone who is constantly checking their messages or texting. This shows that they don’t value your relationship or the time you are spending together. Conversely if you are doing this, you aren’t placing any value on your relationship with the other person.
5. Improved sleep
Do you sleep with your phone, laptop or e-reader beside your bed? PUT THEM IN ANOTHER ROOM! Scientific studies have shown that the blue light from screens can over-stimulate your brain and keep you awake when you really should be sleeping. Having your phone on your bedside table can also disturb your sleep if messages come in during the night.
So here is the challenge – Can you Disconnect for at least one full day each week?
In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘E’ is for Embracing Life I do hope you will join me.
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