On any given day, most of us wake up and immediately head to check our e-mail, Facebook ‘likes’ or the latest comments on our Instagram posts from the night before. Then we head to work and plug away at our computers for 8 hours, maybe taking a quick 5 minute break to scarf down our lunch. By the time we get home, we’re so exhausted and mentally drained that we order in, flip on the TV and try to wash way the day’s stress with mindless television. Even if we do go out, many of us have our phones right by our forks instead of focusing our attention on the company we have in front of us.
It’s no surprise that we find ourselves struggling to maintain our health, stress levels, relationships and sanity. However, could the answer to improving all of that simply be a digital detox?
How a digital detox can improve your health
For most of us, whether poolside or at the beach, or tucked away in a tent or a cruise cabin, our smartphones, laptops and tablets are always faithfully by our side or in our hands. We don’t know when to quit.
In case you forgot, the whole point of taking time off of work is to recharge your mind, body and soul — not your godforsaken glowing gadgets. They don’t call it digital detox for nothing.
When we do temporarily kick the tech addiction and unplug on holiday — c’mon, you can do it — we return to the office refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle, yep, more work. When we don’t, medical and mental health professionals warn that we’re not doing a body good. And they’re right: We suffer from poor concentration, shoddy sleep patterns, eye irritation, sloppy posture and…let’s just stop there for now.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can wait, but your health and wellbeing can’t. For more on why you can’t afford not to unplug on vacation, take a (guilt) trip through the eye-opening infographic below, courtesy of Modis, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based IT staffing company. Bonus: It even showcases some gorgeous vacation locales to daydream about.
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