Technology is a wonderful thing that has pretty much changed our world from the way we receive information, the way we connect with people and the way we go about our daily lives. But sometimes it is good to get away from all the noise and really unplug from everything.
You may be looking at my page right now appalled and asking yourself, “why would I ever want to stop looking at Instagram or Snapchat or texting my friends?”
Well here’s why:
- 1 out 3 people were reported to feel worse after visiting Facebook because they became jealous or envious of what other people posted on Facebook. Others were reported to feel lonely.
- FOMO (fear of missing out) is a psychological disorder brought by advanced technology and which a number of people can experience
- Being too attached to your phone or other technological devices can decrease your productivity. Staying unplugged actually promotes creation over consumption
- Okay, we ALL do it. We’re sitting in bed and before we go to sleep we look at our Instagram feeds, watch people’s Snapchat stories, see who’s posted on Facebook and watch YouTube videos. Well this is said to decrease the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone, by 22%
- Last but not least, staying too long on our phones or computers is related to feelings of anxiety, low-self esteem, and insecurity
In the spirit of National Unplug Day I came up with 5 ways you can unplug on a more regular basis.
1. Turn off your phone when spending time with friends or family.
I know, I know. We all love staying connected and being on our phones. But how about connecting with someone in person and turning your phone off while you spend time with them? The person you are with will appreciate it and you will feel free, focused and relaxed. I promise.
2. Pick a time each day to turn your phone off for 1-2 hours.
If your hesitant to turn your phone of completely for long periods of time I suggest picking a time each day to put it on silent for 1-2 hours and using that time to be productive, give your attention to someone else, or doing an activity by yourself.
3. Read a book before sleeping instead of using your phone.
Also, try reading instead of going on your phone before sleep so you can sleep better and feel better in the morning. I know when I’m on my phone before bed, it takes longer for me to sleep an there’s a 75% chance that I would have dropped my phone on my face before I sleep.
4. Limit your social media usage to 2 hours a day.
If you want something more consistent and think you can commit, pick a couple hours of the day you can use your social media apps and use the rest of the day to be productive and be present!
5. Leave your phone at home for a day
If you’re feeling bolder, go about your day and leave your phone at home. You will be surprised how much happier you’ll feel.
National Unplug day begins today, March 4, at sundown and ends at sundown tomorrow. If you are taking the pledge to stay unplugged, comment below or tweet me at @camillerequiest!