Read the first part of this blog that came out on June 19th.
Unplug: The Advantages
Unplugging can be hard, so why would you want to do it?
First of all, it Reduces stress. We aren’t meant to be going 24/7 and always answering a phone or reading status updates on Facebook.
You will also feel better for yourself if it is social media you are unplugging from: Researchers found that heavy Facebook use may make certain people experience feelings of envy, which in turn could lead to depression.
“We found that if Facebook users experience envy of the activities and lifestyles of their friends on Facebook, they are much more likely to report feelings of depression,” study co-author Dr. Margaret Duffy, a University of Missouri journalism professor, said in a press release. “Facebook can be a very positive resource for many people, but if it is used as a way to size up one’s own accomplishments against others, it can have a negative effect. “
Many times we are not living in the present moment and being plugged in serves as a way to distract us. By unplugging, it allows time for important self-reflection.
Unplugging also enhances our relationships. We can spend quality, focused time with people instead of glancing at our messages every ten seconds. We can focus on who is right in front of us instead of what isn’t.
Take the time to think about what you will gain from unplugging.
How To Unplug
Since we are focusing on 10-minute tips, practice unplugging 10 minutes a day; if you can do more, great, but start with 10 minutes. That is manageable for most people.
Write it down on your to-do list or block out time on your calendar. Use a timer if you must.
If you feel the urge to grab your device or surf the Internet, take a deep breath and ask yourself some questions. Are you afraid you will miss something? Is your habit fulfilling a need? Being so plugged in 24/7 can serve as a distraction. What are you distracting yourself from? Pain? Anger? Sadness?
Be gentle with yourself. We are on autopilot with these habits. The good news is if you increase your awareness—which is the first step—then it will get easier with time.
Create a list of all the things you will gain when you unplug. Better relationships? More time for solitude? Saving money because you won’t be purchasing the latest and greatest? Keep it where you can see it.
Going forward, can you continue to carve out 10 minutes a day unplugged? Is there a better habit you could replace it with such as breathing or meditation? Taking a walk or stretching?
Looking for more inspiration? Check out http://nationaldayofunplugging.com for more information. March 3-4, 2017 is the next event.
Takeaways from both blogs on how to unplug:
- Pick one item –Facebook, your cell phone, video games, etc. that you want to unplug from. Commit to unplugging 10 minutes a day.
- Create a list of all the things you will gain when you unplug. Keep it where you can see it.
- View unplugging as an opportunity for self-reflection. What can you learn about yourself if you unplug?
How can you easily unplug? What advantages do you see from stepping away from social media, electronics, etc.?
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