I know I couldn’t live without my technology- I panic if I don’t know where my iPhone is- but I also know I have an unhealthy relationship with it, and that’s a good enough reason to change things up a little. Of course I’d never get rid of my devices, but I do know that I need to put the breaks on my dependence on them. Here are a few reasons it’s good to take a regular tech break:
1. Focus on interpersonal relationships:
Yes, you can argue that in this tech age we’re more in touch than ever before, and you’d be right. But there’s a difference between liking and commenting on someone’s posts and talking to the person who’s actually in the same room as you!
2. Reduce stress:
Too much time on tech creates anxiety, FOMO and too much time on work email during off hours. None of that is healthy!
3. Be more productive:
Let’s just be honest here, when you have your phone at your side there’s always distraction, which inhibits your productivity.
4. Help your self-esteem:
You might know that people only post what they want you to see, but still, seeing other people’s “perfect” lives on social media can make you feel bad about yourself.
5. Enjoy the moment:
How often do we actually just enjoy what’s going on without snapping or posting pics, or even just being distracted by our devices?
6. Sleep better:
The blue light from digital devices stimulates the brain and makes it harder to get into a restful sleep. And raise your hand if you ever stayed up too late scrolling!
7. Improve focus:
Without your phone there tempting you all the time you can focus on tasks, people, scenery, and a lot more.
8. Feel grounded:
Instead of constantly looking at a screen, connect more with yourself and your surroundings, rather than with the outside and outside influences.
9. Be happier:
Studies show that 55% of people believe that taking a tech break makes us happier. Try it and see how it makes you feel.
10. Fewer car accidents:
How many car accidents happen when drivers are distracted by their phones? Too many! This is as good a reason as any to learn to be less dependent on our devices.
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