Learn to Unplug Daily
When was the last time you unplugged?
Nope, not the last time your phone wasn’t plugged in. We mean the last time you took a break from technology.
There’s no escaping that we live in a tech-focused world and the majority of us spend our days staring at computer screens. While we reap the benefits of all this technology there are some downsides as well.
Excessive screen time can lead to increased stress, trouble sleeping, strained eyes, and an inability to be present.
So that’s why we encourage our clients to take time and unplug daily.
We encourage our clients to take 30 minutes a day to unplug from their technology, whether it’s in the gym, an unplugged walk, or time in nature. This means no emails, texts, or TV.
We have found there are four main benefits of taking time to unplug.
1) Encourages Mindful Movement
First, unplugged time encourages mindful movement.
When you unplug during exercise it is easier to be present and connect with your movement. As you connect with movement you will find that you can focus more intently on what you are doing. As an ancillary benefit, this will develop a strong mind-muscle connection which can help you achieve your fitness goals faster.
2) Time to Reflect
It is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and move at 1,000,000 mph. That’s why we love that unplugged time gives us time to reflect. When you are alone with your thoughts and free of extra stimulus your mind can process your thoughts. We encourage clients to take this time to reflect on their goals and their motivations specifically around fitness.
3) Gives Your Eyes a Rest
Taking time to unplug gives your eyes a rest.
Over time the blue light emitted from screens can stress out your eyes. The long-term effects of this exposure are still unknown. That’s why it’s important to take time daily to give them a break.
A great idea is to add your unplugged time in with your evening wind-down routine. This will give your eyes a break and help your body wind down for a good night’s sleep.
4) Reduces Stress
Finally, unplugged time can help reduce stress. Time away from the constant stimulus of screens is a great opportunity to relax and reset. You also get a break from the communication arbitrage that takes place every minute you’re plugged in.
If you work a stressful job try to take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to unplug during the day. This can be at lunch while you eat your food (our favorite) or a quick walk around the building between meetings. No matter how you do it this short break can dramatically reduce your stress.
It seems simple, but the act of taking time daily to unplug can make a drastic difference in your day and your sense of wellbeing. So the next time you are stressed out or find yourself with some free time, skip scrolling Instagram, and take a minute to unplug.