This morning I took some time to unplug from technology. I started to feel as though I needed time to become centered and rejuvenated. I went to a local cafe in Orlando, and sat outside with a donut, some coffee, and a book. It was the perfect hour spent.
So often we are absorbed by screens, and it takes us away from what is going on around us. It limits our ability to be observant and present, and we bypass so many important moments (big and small). Technology offers an alternative reality, and this distracts us from immersing ourselves in what we should be experiencing. I know I am guilty of this.
When I find myself spending too much time in front of my computer, TV, or phone, I become foggy headed and unfocused. Not only does this take away from me living in the moment, but I find it limits my creativity. When I start to take time to disconnect and just take a deep breath, I begin to become less worried, stressed, and I become more mindful. I am more conscious of the sounds and smells of the world around me, and I live more in the present.
It’s essential to find that balance between using technology and finding times to recharge (no pun intended). We aren’t supposed be in front of screens consistently, and our time shouldn’t be consumed by them.