Technology has a lot of wonderful benefits.
And who would ever argue against the responsible use of it.
But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that our planet is developing an unhealthy attachment to it all. Addiction to our technology is becoming too commonly entrenched now. Unfortunately many people are still unaware it could be a problem that affects our overall happiness.
Let’s explore how to unplug.
How to Unplug
Unplugging can also be defined as disconnecting from the chaos of life.
We need to be reminded sometimes that technology addiction is powerful but it does have an off switch. The wisest of us should know when we need it and when we could take a more minimalist approach to our technology.
Unplugging from technology can help remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness.
Researchers discovered a scary thing about Facebook addiction. A third of people felt worse after visiting Facebook and felt more dissatisfied with their lives.
Of course not every interaction with Facebook is a negative one, and the flip side is that it connects people like never before. But typically, the opportunity for envy presents itself often on social media, as everyone has usually posted their finest staged photos that you can’t measure up to.
Unplugging our devices for any period of time gives an opportunity to focus our appreciation and gratitude for the lives we’ve been given. It lets us remember how to be happy and live joyfully without all of the screens.
Try turning off the news and you’ll have an entirely different perspective on things. Turn off the news for a week. Then watch it again and pay careful attention to how it makes you feel. You may find that you didn’t miss much. You’ll have more time for other activities, and may feel even feel mentally lighter without the daily negative emotional bombardment.
Some Tips For How to Unplug
- No technology during your first waking hour
- Find a new hobby
- Set boundaries for your workday
- Spend time doing other activities you already enjoy
- Put down your phone at meals
- No texting and walking, look at your surroundings
- Take a technology break for 1 hour during the day
Unplugging can be an act of separating ourselves from what doesn’t align with our values and our basic human needs.
Life is happening right in front of you. Say yes to a deeper connection with yourself.
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