When’s the last time you took time for yourself? There are so many benefits to unplugging, and it’s important for us to make it a priority.
We are constantly connected in today’s world. We have our phones, tablets, laptops and other devices that keep us constantly plugged in. This is called a 24/7 society. A recent study found that people who spend more time on social media have lower levels of well-being and less satisfaction with their lives.
Let’s face it: it’s easy for people to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of modern life and forget to take time for themselves. But, if you set aside one day per week for yourself, you can make time for your friends, family, hobbies and passions.
It is not uncommon to hear people say they cannot live without their mobile phones. It’s just as common for people to feel overwhelmed by the need to be constantly connected. It’s a constant battle! The truth is that there are plenty of benefits to unplugging every week.
Technology has enhanced our lives in many ways. But with all things, there is a limit – and we’ve reached ours. It’s time to take back control and start living life on our terms, rather than always reacting to what everyone else deems important enough for us to know about.
When we spend so much time online and on our phones, we tend to filter out what actually matters. We live in a world that’s over-saturated with information, and it’s easy to get caught up in the details of our own lives.
The Benefits of Self-Care
Self-care is a term that has been around for a long time, and it is not going anywhere anytime soon. It is important to know and understand what self-care means and how it can benefit you.
Self-care is the act of looking after your well-being. It is the act of being mindful of yourself and practicing self-compassion. Everyone has their own personal definition for self-care, but it mainly boils down to taking time out for yourself to do what makes you feel good, whether that be spending time with family or friends, reading a book, or even just sitting outside enjoying nature.
Self-care may be difficult at first, but if you can find the time and energy for yourself, you will reap the rewards of your efforts.
There are many benefits of self-care, such as: feeling more energized, having an improved mood, feeling less stressed or anxious, feeling more confident about your decisions and taking on new challenges.
How to Unplug and Take Time for Yourself
It’s important to take time for yourself. You can do this by unplugging from technology and focusing on the things that you enjoy. This will help clear your head and recharge.
One of the best ways to unplug is by having a digital detox. This means you turn off all your devices and spend time away from them for a designated amount of time (usually 24 hours).
What are the major benefits of unplugging?
There are so many reasons why you should consider unplugging at least one day per week. There are many reasons why this is beneficial for your mental health, including:
- Improves sleep quality
- Helps with focus
- Reduces stress levels
- Increases creativity
It is important to take time for yourself, but it can be difficult to do – especially if it’s not something you’re accustomed to doing. Let’s break down the key benefits to help with that decision-making process.
Gives You Time to Reflect
If you don’t take time to reflect on your life, you’ll never truly know who you are or who you’re meant to become. Unplugging will help you see the bigger picture and better understand who you are and what’s important in life.
Another great benefit of unplugging is that it can improve your health. The human body needs time away from technology, because we weren’t made to be plugged in 24/7, 365 days a year. We are always connected and get less sleep than ever. In fact, the average person gets about an hour less sleep now than 50 years ago.
When you take time every week to unplug from technology, you’ll have much more energy because you’ll be well-rested. And better yet, you’ll have the time to do more things that you want to do.
Better Productivity Levels
One of the biggest benefits of unplugging every week is that you’ll become more productive, because you can focus on what’s important in life. You don’t need your phone or computer constantly distracting you, and even if people call or text you, it will be much easier to say no. You’ll feel more accomplished and excited about what you can accomplish without all the distractions from technology.
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Unplugging every week will also allow you to think more creatively. There are so many distractions when you’re always plugged in, and it’s difficult to generate new ideas or improve old ones. Creativity goes hand-in-hand with productivity, and unplugging can help you tap into this part of your brain.
Better Social Interactions
We live in a world where social media is almost as important as breathing (at least to many people), but if we don’t take time away from being plugged in all the time, we’ll never truly connect with anybody. Unplugging every week will help you see people for who they are, and reduce the time you spend on your phone or computer.
Taking time for yourself is worth the effort
The more we learn about life and technology, the more we realize how important it is to unplug every week. There are plenty of benefits of unplugging every week, and the more you do it, the more benefits you’ll realize.
If taking a full day seems daunting at first, start with a few hours and work yourself up. I promise you’ll quickly see and feel the benefits of making yourself a priority.
Michelle D. Garrett is the founder of Divas With A Purpose. She focuses on sharing resources for being purposely productive; setting personal and professional goals and achieving them through daily action; and successfully running a business while focusing on your mental health. Michelle is a full-time entrepreneur who specializes in teaching female entrepreneurs how to show up consistently in their business – online and off.