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The Mental Health Benefits of Unplugging for a Day

October 16, 2016
Mental Health benefits of unplugging for a day

Social media, smartphones and computers are an important part of many people’s lives and it isn’t always a positive thing.  We live in an age of instant gratification and sharing our lives through media such as Facebook and Twitter.  If we want to know something our first thought is usually ‘I’ll just Google it’.

Unplugging for good mental health

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.  That photo that must be put on Instagram now, the first thought each morning – ‘what has been posted to Facebook?’, ‘oh dear, I’ve been defriended’.

People don’t talk to each other anymore – they text even when they are sitting with each other!  I see people walking while they are texting or even reading an e-book!

Can all of this technology be good for our health?

We live in a fast-paced world and we need to take time to slow down our brain.

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Taking at least one day to unplug from technology has enormous benefits to your mental health and relationships.

The Mental Health Benefits of Unplugging

  • Relaxes your mind
  • Gives you time to relax and do something you enjoy doing
  • Improves your quality of life by reducing stress
  • Provides the time to have a real conversation and reconnect face to face with family and friends
  • Gives your eyes a break from computer screens

Can you unplug for one day to improve your mental health?


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  • Reply Melissa Ruddy October 19, 2016 at 10:50

    I have been so needing to unplug for a day or two. Honestly, my Facebook and news feed is filled with politics and negativity. You are so right sometimes you just need to shut it off!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 21, 2016 at 06:49

      Yes I can imagine Melissa, the US Election Campaign seems to go on forever. We all need to unplug I get so focussed on my blog and social media that I forget everything else – not good for relationships.

  • Reply Michelle Schurman October 20, 2016 at 15:22

    This is a great post and, yes, I think we all should unplug every so often. Too much exposure to other people’s lives via social media can mentally drain people as they fall into the dangerous comparison trap – remember, people only post their “highlight” real on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for being a host of #Overthemoon!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 21, 2016 at 06:52

      Hi Michelle, I find it so hard to do but I am determined to as I feel so free and less stressed away from social media and the blog. We need the time for our minds to unwind and your point about too much exposure to other people’s lives is spot on! Great to have you link up with us at Over the Moon.

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak October 28, 2016 at 03:54

    Akk! I had a panic attack just reading the title Sue! LOL Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 30, 2016 at 11:58

      I know it is hard to do Marilyn I keep trying though but it definitely is not easy.

  • Reply Austin March 15, 2017 at 07:56

    I would love to try this, but is it even possible in today’s society? While I’ve always been behind the times with getting the latest technology, once I have it, I always want to use it. I mean, how am I supposed to write without my laptop? How do I connect with my blog readers without the internet? It’s almost a Catch 22…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:37

      Well it definitely is not easy, Austin. However, just 24 hours and you do feel less stressed that is for sure. I did have withdrawal problems I do admit.

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