Did you know today, March 4th is National Day of Unplugging? Modern technology is a major part of daily life. From smartphones to household appliances, the world is connected through a wide range of devices.
At a push of a button or a swipe sideways, a user connects instantly with family, friends, school, work, or other commitments. Staring at a digital screen for hours increases the chances of negative effects on your physical and mental health. Unplugging from your electronic devices is beneficial to your overall well-being.
The Benefits of Unplugging
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety: Reducing your screentime allows your brain and body to rest from continuous information. Being online all the time can create low self-esteem as a result of cyberbullying or inappriopitate messages. Turn off your devices to lower the chances of unhealthy interactions.
- Sleep Better: Turn your unimportant notifications off at night. All the different notifications interrupt your nightly sleep. Unplugging helps your body recharge by getting enough rest.
- Extra Time: Stepping away from the computer frees up your time for other activities. When you give yourself permission to engage in other activities, you learn to focus better.
- Physical Well-Being: Sitting in one position, hunched over your keyboard, or starring at your phone is not good for your physical health. Take a break. Get outside. Go for walk. Go hiking. Go to the gym.
- Face to Face Communication: Unplugging for an afternoon provides you with the chance to interact with others. When you use texts, emails, or social media, your conversation lacks emotional connection. Call a friend for coffee at your favorite café. Go out to dinner.
In today’s modern world, unplugging completely is not a realistic option. Daily commitments require screen time. Remember to take the time to focus on other aspects of your life. Be aware of your screen time. When necessary, do a digital detox for a hour, an afternoon, or an entire day.