Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by The Accel Group | No Comments

Reading this article on your laptop?  You’re connected.  Got four browser windows open simultaneously, your smartphone singing text alerts, and your HDTV glowing in the background – all while you’re in bed?  You might be over-connected.  Certainly, electronics and media can enhance our lives.  They can inform and inspire us – and help us stay in touch with others.  But, sometimes, plugged-in time can take over our downtime.  And, people may find that – as much as they enjoy technology – in excess, it makes them less fulfilled, productive and happy.  Here are three signs you may be depleting your own battery — and tips for seeking more balance:

1. You’re connected everywhere.  If you’ve got a device – or three – on in every room of your home, it may be time to set some limits.

Try this:  Establish tech-free zones, such as the dining room table, a comfy chair, and your bedroom.  Put the focus on your meal, your family, a good book, or a restful night’s sleep.

2. You’re connected all the time.  You’re constantly checking your cell phone or laptop on evenings, weekends, and vacations – even when it’s not necessary.

Try this:  If possible, turn off your gadgets at a certain time every day or set them aside.  And, if you find yourself logging on longer than intended, consider setting a timer to alert you when it’s time to sign off.

3. You’re more active online than off.  Are you more engaged with friends in your cyber world than with those you could see face to face?  Do you go online instead of doing things that would improve your well-being, such as being creative or physically active, or simply relaxing?

Try this:  Set aside time for family or friends each week.  Reconnect in person, or call instead of your usual text message.

And, do something new and low-tech for fun.  All those projects and recipes you’ve browsed on the Internet?  Give one of them a go.  Or, dust off your bike or walking shoes and head out into the worldwide world!

Find what clicks for you
Remember, this isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition.  By moving toward a more balanced approach, you can have unconnected quality time, and still benefit from what technology has to offer.

 

Source:  United Healthcare Healthy Mind Healthy Body Newsletter, Published May 2012, By Michael Rosen, M.D.