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  • Writer's picturePammy Gaskin

Unplugged

Have you ever unplugged from the digital world?


I intentionally signed off social media, and have not been attached to my phone this weekend as I was beginning to feel really anxious and overwhelmed by how much it was affecting me.


It is often used as a distraction, but a distraction from what?


I invite you to explore and reflect on that too.


Having a digital detox every now and then gives;

🤎 Better Sleep. Studies have shown that exposure to artificial light from screens before bed can negatively impact both the duration and quality of sleep.

Removing these technologies before bed can help you reset your circadian rhythm and allow you to fall asleep and wake more naturally.


🤎 Increased Awareness of the Present Moment. Removing distractions of technology can help you engage more fully in what you are experiencing.

Being present in these moments can not only enhance your enjoyment, but can also lead to greater self-reflection and a better understanding of what holds importance for you in your life.


🤎 Regulation and Reset of Dopamine Levels. Social media -keeps us engaged by constantly triggering the brain's reward system through dopamine.

Positive comments, shares, likes, and follows all create small releases of dopamine, and over time, this constant stress on our dopamine pathways can change what we find enjoyable.


🤎 Reduction of Stress and Cortisol Levels.

Social media can just as easily boost your stress hormones.


The need for instant gratification, the desire for approval and validation, or just regular information overload all trigger your body's stress response and force your adrenal glands to produce and sustain high cortisol levels.


Digital detoxing helps lower cortisol by reducing this cause of psychological stress.



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