In today’s world, technology allows people to do great things. Whether communicating with friends and family through social media sites or using technology to accomplish tasks at work much faster, there’s no doubt that life has become easier with all of these new ways of getting things done. However, while life may seem effortless, because of these technology advances, people may begin to feel overwhelmed by the constant presence of technology in their lives. Whether it’s the need to be on social media, the constant ping of emails from work, or endless phone calls and texts from friends, coworkers and family, it’s a hassle to never get a break from socializing or work. For the people who want a change in pace, they have started to do the seemingly unthinkable and unplug their computers, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices for a day or maybe more in order to reset and refresh. For those who have wondered what it would be like to step out of the technological fast lane, here are some of the benefits of unplugging for a day.
A Better Night’s Sleep
If there is one thing people consistently don’t get enough of, it’s sleep. Despite life supposedly being made easier by technology, people seem to get less and less sleep each and every night. Whether it’s a late-night phone call or checking emails from work, lying in bed with mobile devices is a guaranteed way to mess with one’s sleep. In fact, a recent study found that using a tablet in bed for only two hours reduced production of the sleep hormone melatonin by as much as 22 percent. Plus those glaring lights probably don’t help you to feel tired when you should be.
Leaving The Job Behind
For many people, leaving their job behind at the end of the day is hard. Whether it’s checking emails or having a video conference via smartphone, the 9-5 workday sometimes feel like a thing from the past. However, continuing to communicate with co-workers after the workday ends leads to additional stress and complicates personal relationships, which in turn leads to even more stress. As the frustration grows, spouses, children, and friends start to feel pushed aside for work and technology, creating a cycle that never ends. However, for those who unplug, they can rediscover not only what made their personal relationships special, but also can return to work relaxed and ready to tackle new challenges.
Better Problem-Solving Abilities
Rather than feeling overwhelmed by having to solve one problem after another, people who unplug for just a day find it can in fact lead to them gaining better problem-solving abilities and perspective. According to research, employees who unwind from work by unplugging have been shown to display better proactive behaviors associated with solving problems, and are much more engaged in job-related and personal relationships.
A Sense Of Serenity
When a person chooses to unplug for a day, they often feel a renewed sense of serenity, as well as a higher level of control over their daily lives. While many people believe they will be more productive if they push themselves as hard as possible day after day, it turns out the opposite is true. In a recent survey of 229 office workers, researchers determined that unplugging was viewed as a form of “strategic renewal,” allowing workers to recover from workplace hostilities and fears. Unplugging also give a sense of serenity because people have time to fully participate in other activities, like working out or relaxing.
Contributing To The Greater Good
By unplugging for a day, many people find they start to refocus on the world around them, and in fact want to do more to help others. In a University of Maryland research study, people who put down their cell phones for just a day were more likely to pursue volunteer opportunities and feel a greater need to help others.
Although it may sound like an impossible task, those who unplug for a day find that by doing less and letting their minds relax, the world around them looks like a much more appealing place to live. You find things like relationships, hobbies, and perspective. While they may not have disappeared completely, a small screen can take away from those experiences, and leaving it behind can vastly improve your overall lifestyle and even health.