It’s summertime. Time to relax, take a vacation, and unplug from daily stresses. “Unplugging” has become a popular buzzword, and for good reason. The trend towards taking regular technological breaks is picking up steam.
Although it’s undeniable that recent developments in technology have made us more connected, more and more people are recognizing that more connected isn’t necessarily more helpful. To our health, to our relationships, to our peace of mind.
Here’s why it’s a good idea to unplug:
Life is happening right in front of you. These experiences will never repeat themselves. Conversations going on around us are unfiltered and authentic. But if we are too busy staring down at our screen, we’re going to miss all of it.
Solitude is regenerative, and harder to find in an always-connected world. Solitude grounds us and provides the stillness and quiet required to evaluate our lives and reflect on our direction.
The brain needs recovery time in order to develop and grow. In fact, shutting off completely may be crucial: One University of Michigan study found that participants who walked in the woods after learning something new were more likely to retain it, suggesting that a little quiet time is essential to optimizing brain function.
If a vacation isn’t in your future, even brief activities such as taking a short walk, spending time in nature, or spending some time totally unstructured can help. Schedule regular “rest time” in the form of unplugging on a regular basis.
Do it. Your life is waiting.