Maybe it’s being home all day, maybe it’s needing to connect with my friends and family, or maybe it’s wanting to feel like I’m still in the loop of things. Whatever it is, I find that being home on maternity leave has made me even MORE addicted to my phone. I constantly find myself picking it up out of habit and aimlessly scrolling through my social media feeds, checking messages, and reading the latest celebrity gossip. I do it so much out of habit now that I barely notice myself doing it anymore! Since I’ve realized what a negative habit this has become, I’m now making a conscious effort to unplug and put my phone away for AT LEAST an hour a day and just focus on what is right in front of me. SO, today I’m talking about the importance of unplugging.
As a disclaimer, I want to let you know that I think smart phones are amazing for A LOT of reasons and I love the convenience of certain apps. For example, every morning as I lay next to Mia while she takes her morning nap I open my Bible app and do my daily devotion right from my phone while still being able to cuddle her. When I’m out and about and need to look something up on the spot, I have my trusty Google app. I also think it’s an amazing tool to connect with friends and family that are both local and distant. BUT I also feel like our relationship with our phones can sometimes get a little toxic. Sometimes we just need to take a step back, unplug for an hour, and reconnect with what’s around us (including ourselves!).
Unplugging from technology allows us to RECHARGE AND BE HAPPIER by allowing us to have time to focus on ourselves and take time for self-care. That can look like a lot of things – taking a walk and just enjoying nature, reading a book without any distractions, or taking some time to do something you love. Taking an extra hour a day to spend on yourself and using that time to truly enjoy whatever it is that you are doing without being glued to your phone or other electronics is such a great way to reconnect with yourself and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, AND it’s a great opportunity to de-stress and recharge, which in turn can lead to increased happiness.
Unplugging isn’t only beneficial to reconnect with ourselves, but also with others. I’ve started to realize while I’m feeding Mia sometimes, rather than enjoying that quality time with her, I’m instead mindlessly scrolling through social media. Or when I’m out with people, I instinctively pick up my phone and start scrolling rather than connecting with those around me. In those situations and others, unplugging can help to STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIPS by allowing us to focus on friends and family that are right in front of us rather than being distracted by technology. Spending pure quality time with the important people in our lives is so essential for creating strong relationships, so put the phones away and make memories together!
Lastly, unplugging can also help us to STAY FOCUSSED AND SLEEP BETTER by eliminating the constant distraction of aimlessly scrolling through our phones. With so many apps right at our fingertips, mindless scrolling can occur no matter what situation you are in, and is a HUGE distraction at times when you need to be focussed. Let’s not even talk about the rabbit hole of Pinterest articles, YouTube videos, and social media posts that you can get lost in when settling into bed for the night. A great strategy that I find to be helpful is to get into the habit of unplugging for that one hour right before bed and/or during times where you need to be focussed on getting something important done. You’ll be so much more productive and efficient without the distraction!
While the use of technology has so many benefits and can be extremely useful, we can sometimes reach a point where we mindlessly use electronics out of habit more than out of need. Getting into the habit of unplugging for at least an hour day – whether it be first thing in the morning, during the day, at dinner time, or right before bed – can be so beneficial in our daily lives by allowing us to recharge and focus on ourselves, connect with others better and develop stronger relationships, AND stay focussed by eliminating unnecessary distractions.