The holiday season is in full swing you've probably been running around for over a month buying gifts, attending parties, making holiday meals, baking up a storm and more - and that can take a toll on your body and mind.
If you're feeling a disconnect between the true spirit of the season (family, peace, joy, giving) and the frantic pace you’ve been going at, maybe taking a break from technology is the answer.
Millions of people have become far more connected than they were just a few years ago. Coupled with the hectic time of the year, this can all have negative repercussions for the body, mind, and soul.
The Benefits of Unplugging
Be More Secure - Over-engagement with social media can cause anxiety, feelings of low self-esteem and even prevent you from mending a broken heart. Checking to see what all your online friends s are up to or how more more festive their celebrations are, isn’t good for you. But being present in your own offline life and you’ll have less feeling of keeping up with the Jones’s and let you be more thankful for what’s going on with you.
Be More Present - Just under 40 percent of Americans spend more time socializing online than off, according to an online survey by the company Badoo. And if you are constantly checking your phone for social media updates instead of being engaged with the people that are right in front of you, you miss out on the chance to connect with real people. Instead put away the phone and enjoy the people who are physically present with you.You’ll likely enjoy the time more, have more memories of the event and have more meaningful engagement with those that important in your life.
Have more time to enjoy the outdoors - Get outside and exercise every day or set up events that are not conducive to bring your cell phone, and involve yourself in the types of activities that just do not mix well with gadgets - like a long walk, taking the dog for run, going for hike. Engaging in physical activities and being outside in nature will give your mind a break and let you reset.
Feel mentally sharper - Recent claims says that multitasking doesn't make you more efficient. But doing five things at once instead of focusing on one is not the best way to complete tasks.Instead be focused on one thing. Checking social media, texting and trying to get ready for the holidays might make it seem like you are getting a lot done, but in truth you are not giving your full attention to any one of those items. You will feel mentally sharper if you concentrate on one task and put down the phone or tablet.
Avoid technology addictions - The Internet may be the newest “substance” to be candidate for a mental health disorders. There’s no denying it can feel addictive.Constantly checking social media provides just the right amount to get the brain’s addiction centers engaged. Taking a break from technology and you’ll lessen the chances of feeling or getting addicted.
Get better sleep -Regularly using a computer late at night is associated with sleep disorders. The light put off by tablet computers itself may be linked to reduced serotonin levels after two hours of use.. One small study of tablet users found that the blue light lowered production of the sleep hormone melatonin by 22 percent after two hours of screentime.
Be a better person -In a study of cell phone use and behavior, researchers at the University of Maryland found that people who used their phones more often were less likely to engage in "prosocial" behavior, like helping others or contributing to the greater good.Unplugging gives you time and space to help others.
Boost work productivity - Having some restorative time can be crucial to reducing job-related stress, repairing fatigue, recovering from workplace hostilities, Taking a break from checking emails and doing more work will make you MORE productive in the long-term.The bottom line is that you'd probably do well to give technology a rest when you're able.