Unplugging and Destressing

“We need time to defuse, to contemplate. Just as in sleep our brains relax and give us dreams, so at some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.” -Laurie Colwin

Technology has several benefits in the world today. It’s all around us to help us do simple to difficult tasks, but it’s becoming clear that many people are becoming too “plugged in” at times. We are often consumed by scrolling on social media or using our phones to fuel addictions like online shopping or binge watching that one show everyone is talking about. But why? Here are several reasons why unplugging can help you become a better you:

Unplugging can decrease stress.

Phones and computers constantly keep us in the loop between text messages, calls, and emails. But sometimes, reading a certain text or email can ruin a perfect day. Being constantly connected can suddenly move you from relaxation mode to work mode, and this unpredictability causes stress, insecurity, and a constant state of unnecessary reactivity.

Logging off of social media decreases the feeling of jealousy and even loneliness.

In a 2013 case study at Humboldt University, researchers found that one and three people felt worse about themselves after visiting Facebook. Logging out decreases the feelings of envy from not being on a tropical beach or even from achieving something you want.

Life is happening right in front of you!

So instead of looking at all the things you could be doing or want to do, sit back and smell the roses. Every day you don’t you let go by, that’s one less day can take advantage of your full potential!

By Alicia Meredith

Monica Manuel