Technology has been both a boon and bane for us and our relationships: From reconnecting you and your far-away loved ones or long-lost childhood friends, to developing close, business partnerships, technology has always been by your side to support and enable you in your endeavors.
But as we move towards living a hyperconnected life, it feels as if we’re drowning in so much noise. It is therefore high time to find ways to rest our mind.
Experts agree. According to Greatist, people can simply turn off their devices at a certain time to take care of themselves better, recharge, and increase their productivity. It’s really not that bad.
What more can you gain from disconnecting and resting your mind and soul? See the quick list below:
According to a study done by the University of Michigan, participants who went for a walk in the woods after learning something new tend to remember things better than those who don’t. This only goes to show the great benefits of allotting some “quiet time” to yourself in sharpening your memory.
Kansas State University researchers noted that people have to disconnect and stop talking to coworkers after work hours. Researcher YoungAh Park told Forbes.com that “drawing the line” between your personal life and work life allows you to take a “real break” and return to work refreshed.
Some people suggest doing something else on your spare time after work, such as reading a book, or doing your hobby. You can also go on vacation, or a yoga meditation retreat if you have more time on your hands . Going for a jog or walk or following an exercise video also helps in releasing stress.
Having worked with two of the biggest and busiest internet companies, DoubleClick and Google, small business owner Irfan Jaffery found it hard to shake off the habit of replying to customers and potential clients via social media. However, it started to take a toll on his “me” and “family time”— he simply had to disconnect.
His solution: outsource the social media part of running his business. He just had to let go and carve a time for what matters most. You can do that, too.
Disconnecting from the internet and its barrage of information can help you make most of your time and develop meaningful relationships with people offline. It’s also generally good for your health and well-being. Give it a try.