“That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”
— Aphra Behn (1640-1689), A poet and playwright; one of the first English women to make a living from writing.
We are more connected than ever before and yet many times that constant connection comes with a sense of overwhelm and burnout. When we disconnect from technology, we give ourselves an opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate.
The Benefits of Taking Time to Be Offline
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Studies have shown that social media and constant connectivity can increase stress and anxiety levels. By taking a break from technology, we can reduce these feelings and improve our mental health.
- Improved Sleep: The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt our circadian rhythm, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. By disconnecting from technology before bed, we can improve our sleep quality.
- Increased Productivity: When we are constantly checking our phones and responding to notifications, it can be difficult to focus on tasks at hand. By disconnecting from technology, we can increase our productivity and get more done.
Ways to Indulge in Unplugging
- Digital Detox Retreats: There are now retreats that cater specifically to those looking to disconnect from technology. These retreats offer a variety of activities, such as yoga, meditation, and hiking, and provide a space to recharge and disconnect.
- Unplugged Vacations: Many hotels and resorts now offer “unplugged” packages, which include amenities such as no in-room technology, no Wi-Fi, and no television. These packages allow guests to disconnect and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
- Daily Unplugging: Even if you can’t take a full vacation or attend a retreat, you can still indulge in the luxury of being offline. Try setting aside some time each day to disconnect from technology and focus on other activities, such as reading, writing, or spending time with loved ones.
By disconnecting from technology, we can reduce our stress, improve our sleep, and reconnect with what really matters in life.