Life is tough and sometimes you have rough days. Getting on social media after having one of those days can go two ways; your spirit is lifted or you sink further into a bad mood. You could find something so hilarious that you cry from laughing and forget for a moment about the hard things or you may see someone else;s :picture-perfect” life and start to play the comparison game and feel even worse about your current situation. This is why it’s so important to unplug sometimes!

We are constantly checking our emails, constantly looking at other people’s lives, and constantly glued to some type of screen. We have the world at our fingertips 24/7 through social media. That seems ideal for specific situations, but in the case of an average human being it can get pretty overwhelming. Here are just a few (major) reasons to unplug from technology as often as you can. 

Better sleep

Reducing your screentime is beneficial when it comes to catching up on some good rest. Being on your phone, especially right before bed, keeps your brain engaged while you rest and can delay your REM sleep.” The bluelight from your screen also suppresses your melatonin and can lead to insomnia.

Better self-esteem

Instagram recently rolled out their new feature which removes the “like” count. Their reason? CEO Adam Mosseri wants to “depressurize” the photo-sharing app to make it “less competitive.” It always seems like someone is doing better than you on social media. What people fail to consider is that users choose what to share with their followers. Unfortunately, this gives onlookers a false sense that others are doing SO much better than them. 

Say goodbye to FOMO

Have you ever heard of FOMO? The fear of missing out? It’s REAL! You know that sad feeling you get when you see people at a really cool event that you couldn't attend? Or hanging out without you? Yeah, that. It makes us feel like we’re not doing enough, or anything at all. The more you unplug, the more you’ll learn to live in your “now.” 

These are just a few of the many reasons why you should unplug from your technology and social media apps often. Instead of scrolling endlessly all day, you could be reading a book, spending some well-needed quality time with family, or even taking a hike to be one with nature!