There is evidence-based information that it is important to make time to unplug!
I watched a WELCOA webinar this week on stress in the digital age, and never being unplugged from digital devices, being available 24/7 at work, etc, actually and literally affect your body’s ability to restore itself and can lead to chronic diseases – cancer is #1 on the list. Also, having screen light – computer, tv, etc, in your eyes before bed affect the pineal gland, which produces melatonin, which regulates restorative sleep, so even relaxing with tv or good music on the computer is harmful – who knew?
Instead, try mindfulness – at its best, is being consciously aware of your quiet thoughts as you close your eyes, still yourself, and do nothing – while emptying your brain even for five minutes. You can do this – five minutes a day helps. Find the time- at work, anywhere, but do it. At minimum, close your eyes, still yourself, and just focus on your breathing. In, out, in, out. Don’t think about your thoughts. This gets you outside of yourself and lets you recharge.
The other cure is getting outside, back to nature. More than half of Americans spend less than 5 minutes outside a day – awful! It is now an actual psychiatric problem diagnosable as Nature Deficit Disorder –wow. Without unplugging, we are in a constant state similar to post-traumatic stress syndrome – do you want to live like that?
The President of an enormous national worksite wellness organization, intentionally does not own a cell phone. He gave a humorous anecdote: While waiting in an airport, he heard a ping, and hundreds of people looked down to see if it was their phone going off. What a way to live. Unplug everyone – it’ll do us good! Think I’ll go climb a mountain – maybe tomorrow….