Disconnection from our day to day tasks and interactions has a crucial role in keeping us afloat, with a healthy mind and body and a balanced life. Having our mind plugged in constantly to different tasks, problems, technology or social interactions creates a false idea of productivity. Just being busy while your mind is tired doesn’t mean you are more productive.
Let’s look at a few areas of our life where disconnection is very important. We’ll be looking at why it’s important to change your approach to them and how this can benefit you.
Lots of us work extra hours, putting in effort for a job we are really dedicated to. Once at home, we still check our emails on the phone. We feel the need to read the emails, stay on top of things all the time and maybe keep in touch with colleagues on another time zone. On vacations, we are still available and get into calls from time to time. We hardly disconnect. And almost never really disconnect fully and completely.
That means that our mind is still thinking of all the tasks at work. It can’t be 100% present in the moment at home. With our lover, child, pet. With our life outside work. Besides missing our own life, the harm we’re doing to our mind, like the extra stress and being constantly plugged in, can have serious negative effects on the long run. Stress leads easily to burnout, anxiety and even to depression.
Disconnecting from work means not just restraining from checking emails or taking calls. It means total detachment, stopping all work related thoughts when leaving work, on weekends and holidays. Picking up a hobby, going outside and relaxing during the weekend is essential to a healthy living.
Disconnecting from work when outside working hours has multiple benefits, such as increased productivity, feeling less tired, greater work and life balance, enjoying life more, being happier with your love and family life and an overall great mental health.
The best habit to develop therefore is to be present. When at work, be fully immersed and productive. But when leaving work, detach completely and be fully present in your personal life. Set this rule for yourself, but also for your interaction with others. This way, they’ll respect your rules, and only get in touch with you on your free time if an emergency arises.
Technology is surrounding us everywhere – at work, on our laptops, smartphones or tablets. We have internet available 24/7 on any of our mobile devices so we can basically access anything we want, any time of the day, be it work related or just fun. Besides work, technology is almost as hard to disconnect from unless you are really strict with yourself.
Addiction to technology makes you less present, irritable and impulsive, and results in withdrawal from the real life. Besides missing out maybe some of the most enjoyable moments of the day, being always connected to some form of distraction keeps the brain always “on”. And this is harmful for your mental health.
Being always connected leads to anxiety and depression, reduces sleep quality and the overall emotional well-being. To avoid this, you need to set clear boundaries on when you’re using technology and when it’s time to restrain. Starting the day without using technology for the first hour and switching off everything 1-2 hours before sleep are some of the best practices when it comes to a healthy disconnection from technology.
Believe it or not, disconnecting socially is needed in order to give time for rest and new ideas. Being alone with your thoughts daily and from time to time is vital and it helps putting your things in order. If offers you a better understanding of what is happening on certain matters and helps you take decisions easier.
Going away in a retreat by yourself from time to time is also a key element in getting to really listen to your mind, and put your life into new perspectives.
Failing to disconnect and letting your brain take a break leads sooner or later to feeling anxious or event depressed. By being so busy, tired and stressed, your mind is weak in front of worrisome thoughts and negativity. To understand more about how to disconnect from work, technology and people, and have a balanced lifestyle in order to overcome anxiety and depression, check out and enroll in the “How to overcome anxiety and depression and go on with your life” course by clicking on the button below.