Unplug yourself

Yes that title means your electronics. Now I know what you’re probably thinking, it’s a funny topic to present in a blog post on a computer. Or perhaps you thought, how will I keep up with current events or what if I miss something important? Is that important thing you’re worried about missing the next celebrity gossip? Or is it the next political disaster? Its things just like these that we should be unplugging from. The constant assault of negativity or frankly useless information numbs your brain and can make you cynical or fearful of the world around us. Now don’t get me wrong, it is important to know what is going on in the world, and things like reality TV have their place in entertainment. But be honest have these things taken over your life? When was the last time you turned off your phone when you weren’t asleep or in an important meeting? Does your phone go into the shower with you? Or go to bed with you? Is your phone or computer closer to you then your significant other?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then listen up! It is actually recommended  doctors to go unplugged from time to time. Be it a rugged camping trip with no technology, or something less extreme like just soaking in the tub without your phone nearby. Taking time out of your week to banish your tech and doing something offline can actually improve your health. Have dry eyes? Time away from the computer screen will help your eyes get back to normal. Trouble sleeping? Turning off that phone at night will help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Stressed and overwhelmed? Unplug it all and relax. Taking a break from the constant barrage of information, people wanting something, or even yes, videos of cute kitties, can help your mind defragment and dump the unneed info. Unplugging can even help you lose weight. If you spend less time in front of a screen you actually snack less and move more.

So in short, take a few minutes a day or even a day out of the week to leave your phone Inside and go play outside. Or shut off that movie and go read the book instead. Go strengthen your social bonds and see your friends face to face instead of through a screen. Get out of the house and do something other then Google Kim Kardashian’s but.

Alyssa



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