In today’s high-tech world, we are spending more time than ever on our technological devices (around 1-2 hours per day!), which have become an infinite stream of texts, calls, emails, and push notifications. Despite the fact technology has greatly improved our lives in terms of communication and navigation, research suggests that our addiction to it is real. Getting likes on a Facebook post or retweets on Twitter releases dopamine in our brains, a neurotransmitter responsible for seeking rewards, and this keeps us hooked and explains why some people check their social media every couple of seconds. Unfortunately, this vicious cycle can wreak havoc on physical and mental wellbeing as recent studies have found a strong link between the frequent use of technology and incidences of depression, anxiety and stress.
Temporarily relinquishing all digital devices may seem like a daunting task, but it can be incredibly beneficial to your overall health and here are just some of the benefits of what unplugging from technology and reconnecting with reality can do for you:
Reconnect with family and friends
When you are not staring at a screen, you automatically become more present, allowing you to strike up new conversions, strengthen relationships and fully connect with your surroundings.
Research has shown that technology use, especially before bed, can disrupt our sleep cycle and so turning off devices can lead to a better night’s sleep, which in turn improves our brain and mental state.
It’s true that the light up of phone screens can actually make you less productive since it detracts your attention from current tasks and so taking time away from technology can actually help to increase energy, creativity and work levels.
Improved sense of wellbeing
Research has shown that unplugging from social media for just a week can increase happiness and decrease stress and anxiety by allowing the nervous system to recuperate and return to its normal rhythms.
Be more peaceful
When your phones is not buzzing, beeping, vibrating every minute throughout the day, you actually start breathing more deeply and feeling less on edge, which in turn helps you to relax and reconnect yourself.
Improves eating habits
Research has also shown that digital devices are taking over the dinner table and as a result making us less likely to eat consciously and more likely to develop unhealthy eating habits. So, a digital detox can be a great way to promote mindful and healthy eating since it makes you more in turn with what your bodies actually needs.
Combining all of these reasons together, it is easy to say that going on a digital detox is a great way to boost over health, helping you to become more connected with yourself and your surroundings. Whether you want to part completely with your gadgets for a period of time or simply take steps to reduce time spent on various sites or apps, a health and wellness retreat is a great place to start a digital detox.
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