Ah, the elusive concept of balance. Attempting to achieve it is as daunting as the fear of never having it. The truth of the matter is that there is no such thing. The scales are never even, always tipping in favor of a specific side, depending on how things are going at any given time. All facets of our lives cannot always (if ever) be in equilibrium, and we have to learn to be OK with that.
But all humans are united in their desire to keep striving for it, no matter how strongly the gravitational pull of technology weighs us down. Ironically, uninterrupted connectivity and the technology that is meant to render us more efficient has become a crutch that often hinders our productivity, fails to help us achieve balance and, ultimately, makes us feel bad about it.
We have apps for all of our needs, we have Siri and Alexa to instantly answer every single question we pose and we don’t use the phone to actually talk. You can probably remember your childhood street address and landline phone number, but chances are you now have a hard time retaining simple information like what time you made dinner reservations. Well, you’re not alone, and you can blame technology (really!). Our reliance on it is literally sending our brains into a tailspin.
As we learned last week, disconnecting is necessary for our well-being and that tricky concept of balance. We should put our devices down for the sake of our productivity, our relationships and our mental health. Temporarily breaking up with the internet and social media is a form of self-care and will subsequently make you better at life instead of sinking deeper into the digital quicksand.
We realize that it’s so much easier said than done, so if you’re having a tough go at dodging the lure of your electronics, follow the eight helpful tips below.