Could ditching your devices be the key to good health?
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Could ditching your devices be the key to good health?

Could ditching your devices be the key to good health?

Advances in technology and the internet in recent times are extraordinary, and have enabled the world to connect and share information like never before. Being constantly ‘plugged-in’ can be overwhelming and overuse of technology has been found lead to greater stress levels and lower self-esteem, so it’s not surprising that more of us are finding that disconnecting once in a while is essential for good health.
Being constantly ‘plugged-in’ can be overwhelming and overuse of technology has been found lead to greater stress levels and lower self-esteem, so it’s not surprising that more of us are finding that disconnecting once in a while is essential for good health.
It might seem that you need to be constantly ‘on’ to be a good, hard-working employee but periods of disconnection actually lead to happier, healthier workers in the long run. Constant multitasking can decrease work quality, and researchers at Kansas State University have found that we need downtime after work to mentally recharge for the next day.
Even digital powerhouse Apple have recently unveiled ‘digital wellbeing’ tools to help us reduce the amount of time spent glued to our screens.
There’s also plenty of research to show that taking a break from technology can lead to better sleep, improved mental health and a reduction in stress levels. It helps our inter-personal relationships too – while social media is quick, easy and convenient, face to face interactions build closer bonds and understanding.
You’ll be surprised how much you can achieve when you ditch your devices, and who knows, you might discover a new hobby or hidden talent. Check out our post on ’10 Ways to Disconnect’ to get you started.
Read more about the many health benefits of stepping away from technology here, here and here.
Happy disconnecting!
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