Most of us start our day catching up on emails or scrolling through our Instagram feed. We binge-watch tv shows and look for coffee places with wi-fi. We live in a world where we’re always connected and that’s why it’s so important to unplug for a couple of hours a day.
Internet and social media are an amazing thing but being connected 24/7 has consequences in our well-being, creativity and relationships. So here’s 3 reasons why you should take a bit off of your time to unplug:
It helps with stress & jealousy
When scrolling through my Facebook/Instagram feed, comparison usually creeps up on me. It’s easy to feel like my life is not as interesting or that everyone is moving on while I’m still stuck. I’m sure I’m not the only one, right?
So, it’s important to take some minutes off to refocus your energy and think about everything you’re grateful for, from your delicious breakfast that day to the beautiful people you have in your life.
Be alone with your own thoughts
How can you listen to your own thoughts if you’re constantly hearing others?
Keeping up with everything that’s happening on social media can be exhausting, so if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, have some time alone with yourself. Run a relaxing bubble bath, go on a short walk or meditate for about 10 minutes while you analyze what’s going on inside your head and heart.
Live your life
It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing on social media. But we need to be aware than while we’re spending hours connected to the online world, we loose the time we could be enjoying outside or spending time with the people we love.
Don’t live your life through a screen, go out and explore. When you’re with someone, put down your phone and focus your attention on what they’re saying. Appreciate their company.
From now on, my goal is to avoid my phone half an hour after I wake up and one hour before I go to bed. I’ve been pretty good at doing this at night, because that’s usually when I read. Reading helps me to disconnect from the world and have a better night of sleep. But, in the morning, it’s pretty hard not to look at my Instagram feed while I’m still laying in bed. So that’s my goal, to stay away from any device during the first ours of the day and enjoy my morning.
Do you save some time in your day to unplug? Any tips?