Guest Post by Panacea de la Montaña
What a concept, unplug to recharge! How often have you checked your phone today, looked at your Facebook feed, your twitter, Google+, or the other many ways we stay connected on a daily basis?
Well, if you are like most it is a lot! Studies show that on average people check their phones 150 times a day! This is according to a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’s annual Internet Trends report. We realize the importance of this “being connected” – we would not be in business without it! However, we also see the value in taking a step back and unplugging, taking some time to reflect and center ourselves.
Create time for Creativity!
It is important to have time in the day to get away from your devices so that you take time to just “think” (without looking something up immediately – exercise your brain without Google’s help!), to be creative – take time to maybe hand write a special note to a friend, create a homemade card, sketch or paint something, cook an inspired meal.
These actives can help the right side of our brain be used as much as the ever task-oriented left side. Notice also how you feel as you do these types of activities versus doing something on your phone or laptop. Check in with yourself on a day when you have been constantly working or playing electronically, and then check in on a day when you’ve included some nature or creative time away from it all. Which one feels better?
Sleep better away from devices!
Some research has also shown that low level electric field exposure (think your bed lamps, alarm clock, plugged in communication devices, tvs, etc.,) can disturb the body’s production of melatonin, which is one of the chemicals that helps us get a good night’s sleep.
So help your body get a better rest at night by keeping those devices plugged somewhere outside of your sleeping area. That way you also won’t keep constantly hearing all the sounds that alert us to the latest message, or the next move in your word game with your friends, that can keep you up for hours that your body needs to recharge.
Find your balance
Technology is a necessity in our work and personal lives for most everyone these days. So finding the balance, taking the time to embrace nature and our creativity, stopping to smell the roses if you will, can help you become a more well rested, thoughtful, and engaging person, charged and ready to take on another day.