We live in a digital world. At any given moment, someone is either:
- Surfing the Internet
- Watching television
- Using their cellphones
- Playing video games
- Or even participating in more than one of these activities!
Sometimes, it can feel impossible to escape this digital world. It’s how we keep in touch with others, stay informed and entertain ourselves. Unfortunately, this can also make it hard to fully concentrate on other aspects of our lives — some of which include weight management.
How Do I Know When it’s Time to Unplug?
There’s a lot of mental, physical and emotional energy that goes into managing your weight and health. Comprehensive weight management includes paying attention to the habits we form and maintain, such as what we eat, how much we exercise and how much time we devote to our bodies.
How do you know when it’s time to unplug, refocus and rejuvenate?
1. You’re Not Productive
Could you be spending time with your family, squeezing in a workout or meal prepping, but you’re watching television instead? If you find that you’re losing productivity, this might be a sign that it’s time for a digital detox. Putting away your technology can help you focus on more important tasks at hand.
2. You’re Losing Energy
Always tired? Feeling lethargic or unmotivated to get moving? Sometimes technology can decrease our energy levels. This might sound familiar if you’re used to scrolling through Facebook in bed or reclining on your couch to watch television. If you need a boost, consider detaching from your devices.
3. You’re Not Confident
Television shows, movies and social media may prompt us to compare ourselves to others. Some of us begin to scrutinize our physical appearances and even our lives. If you begin to lose confidence in yourself and your journey, unplug for a bit!
4. You Feel “Attached”
Many people identify this feeling as being “hooked,” “addicted” or “on edge” without technology. If you’re away from your phone, television, etc. for an extended period of time, what does it feel like? Are you anxious, irritable or uneasy? If so, this may be a sign that it’s time to unplug.
If any of these experiences sound familiar, know that you’re not alone. Much of our culture revolves around technology, so it’s common to feel the effects of “too much of a good thing.”
By taking some time to reflect on your habits and goals, you can successfully determine the best course of action. Just remember — your commitment to your health should be a priority!