Does just the mere mention of unplugging from technology cause your heart to race, your breathing to increase, and you begin to panic while frantically looking for your phone? If so, maybe it is time to consider what a tech break might do for you?
But Wait – Is Technology All That Bad?
Don’t you love what technology can offer? Don’t know how to use the new vacuum, don’t understand a word used, fascinating story on TV and you want to dive further – not a problem. In mere seconds with a touch of the keys, you have it all available.
Heck, one can even add fuel to the fire when in the middle of a heated discussion. A quick search and you have data to prove your point. Of course be careful on this one because the opposing opponent can look too.
Then move on to friendships. Wow, we can now make friends with people all over the world. We can see their babies growing up, their families changing and of course their perfect world on screen.
No, I don’t think technology is all that bad but how we use it can leave us unrested, grumpy, feeling worthless, and a fragmented mess.
What Happens When We Allow Technology to Interrupt Constantly
- Our thoughts become fragmented.
- We miss out on what is right before us. (At dinner the other night I observed a couple on a date who rarely spoke or looked up from their phones.)
- Peace becomes harder to attain.
- Creativity goes down.
- Causes us to be UNRESTED.
- Frustration rises. (I once threw my phone at my husband in the middle of the lake because he wanted to give up on finding reception.)
- Helps us enter the arena of comparing ourselves to others and coming up short. After all, don’t people show lives that look perfect online?
- We feel trapped or chained to something. (NOT FREE)
No wonder we feel tired all of the time. All of that jabbing, poking, comparing, disrupting, and beckoning us to come away from the present moment will leave one exhausted.
So Why Take a Tech Break?
Let me start with a few questions: When was the last time you felt rested? Are you tired right now? Do you think just maybe technology is the contributing factor to the tired out stage?
Well, I believe there is only one way to find out. Try an experiment.
What Prompted Me?
So this summer as I saw my favorite bloggers taking time away from the computer screen to rest and restore. I found myself in a quandary. It seemed like an excellent idea, it made sense and yet I had many great excuses of why it was not for me.
I was perplexed and frankly a little tired, so I decided I would try an experiment or a trial run so to speak – just to see if I might feel more rested, more creative, more at peace.
My Experiment with a Tech Break
So I set out to take an entire week away from technology. Wish I could lie right here and say, “I did it 100%.” As the week approached my anxiety rose, and I couldn’t quite do it but I came pretty darn close, and the results were unbelievable and unexpected.
The Value in Unplugging
- It is a fabulous feeling to own your time.
- Sleeping at night came easier and in abundance.
- Things around me came alive with color (Trees aren’t just green they have many shades of green.)
- Connection with others was deeper and more meaningful.
- My relationship with God deepened.
- The small things in life became the big stuff.
- Freedom was felt and lived.
- Peace permeated my soul.
- Thankfulness flowed from my heart.
- Noticing the need for a more uninterrupted time became evident.
- Living in the present moment is spectacular
- I was rested.
Let’s face it – we are inundated with information coming at us at rapid speed. We have constant interruptions in our work, play, relationships, and rest. It has to be taking a toll on us but don’t let me tell you – try your own experiment.
Find What Works for You
Maybe a full-on unplugging is not in the cards but how about an altered plan you might be willing to experiment with? Try a date out with a friend or a walk and leave your phone at home. Pick one day of the week where you deem it electronically free. The ideas are endless, but the point is…
Turn off the electronics and stop the interruptions and see if you find rest for your soul.
Please share with us how you have managed to take a tech break in your life? What were the benefits?