Stop, Relax, and Practice This 1 Thing

Stop, Relax, and Practice This 1 Thing

Over time, we all develop habits…some good, some not so good. Like any habit, it takes a conscious effort to break the old…those things that hold us down and establish the new…those things that break us free. 

For many, technology has become a habit that has grown cumbersome and held many hostage. So many people feel they don’t control their tech, but rather, their tech controls them. 

Do you ever feel this way?

If so, you’re not alone. There are many who have felt this way, but there are also many who have taken a stand in their personal journey to do something about it. They have emphatically decided they’d rather be in control than controlled and are now experiencing the benefits of breaking free.

Their secret weapon? 


What exactly is unplugging? I liken it to simplifying…downsizing…letting go a little. 

It’s all about balance and taking necessary breathers. We can unplug from many things, but for this reflection, we are unplugging (taking breaks) from technology. Some may refer to this act as taking a “digital detox” or going on a “digital fast” from time to time.  Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to give up tech forever, (probably not likely or feasible in our society), but it does mean giving yourself permission to walk away…to turn off the tech for awhile and experience life without it. Even if that experience happens on the weekend. 

If this sounds good to you, it gets better.


Beyond taking control, establishing more balance, and breaking free from the tech treadmill, here are just some of the benefits / gifts you will give yourself when choosing to unplug.

Improves  Mental Health

Just taking a break from technology and the constant noise it creates can do wonders for your mental health. Interestingly, studies have show that excessive screen time often leads to increased anxiety, stress, and even depression. Studies show that 1 in 3 people feel worse after visiting social media sites but report feeling better by simply stepping away, even for a day.

Unplugging, even for a little while, can give your brain the much needed break it needs allowing you to have better mental health.

Develops A Deeper Appreciation

Slowing down can also help you appreciate the little things in life. When you're constantly rushing it's easy to overlook the simple pleasures that surround us. Taking a moment to savor your morning cup of coffee or enjoy a beautiful sunset can help you feel more connected to the world around you.

Can Increase Productivity

Less “noise” enables you to clear your mind and recharge, allowing you to be more productive. You have fewer outlets vying for your time and attention because you’ve made a conscious decision not to give them your time and attention. 

Helps Build Better Relationships

When you're always glued to tech, it can be difficult to be present in the moment and truly connect with others. Taking breaks from technology can allow you to be more focused, which enables you to give your loved ones the attention they deserve and your relationships can become stronger and better. 

Improves Physical Health

Too much time spent on technology can cause physical issues such as eye strain, neck and back fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome. 

When you can, ditch the tech and give your body a boost…go for a walk, soak in the sunshine, breathe the fresh air. Get in a workout…go biking, jogging, play tennis. Meet up with friends and enjoy your surroundings, tech free!

This all sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? 

Remember, when you decide to unplug from tech, you give yourself so many gifts. 

A digital detox may be just what you need. Why not try it out?



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