Every second Friday in March we celebrate the National Day of Unplugging – the 24-hour period that encourages everyone to unplug from technology and social media. Sounds easy, right? Well that depends who you ask.
Working in the Public Relations and Social Media industry, you will often find us glued to our cell phones answering emails or tracking down the latest social media trends. So much so that we often forget to put the phones down and enjoy the moments as they happen in front of us.
Not only is unplugging from social media and technology beneficial to ensuring you stay present in your day-to-day life but it is also crucial to your emotional and mental wellbeing. It has been proven that putting the phone down at least ONE HOUR before bed improves your quality of sleep. Now is the time to indulge in one of the new top selling novels before hitting the sheets!
Disconnecting for even the shortest amount of time can pay off at work too. It has been shown that limiting your time spent scanning the news or social media can help improve your attention to detail, your creativity level and even your relationships with coworkers. Having a hard time staying on track with your latest project? Team up with your coworkers and plan ways to stay social media free – it’s always easier with a friend!
Finally, it’s important to remind ourselves that social media isn’t all it appears to be. Sure you can take a photo of a gourmet meal you ordered and say you made it from scratch, but what will that get you? Stepping away from social media for a short 24 hours can refresh your priorities and can allow you to connect with the people around you in a natural and organic way.
So, this National Day of Unplugging I am vowing to do the unthinkable! After the work day is done I am putting the phone down and taking in all the benefits of what it means to disconnect.