It seems that if we aren't on the computer, we are on our phones, reading and always consuming information.
We seem afraid to miss the next 5 tips that will change our lives or the 5 foods that everyone should be eating and why.
Well let me tell you a secret.
You already know what you should do, it's just a matter of acting.
Let's talk about 5 Signs You Need a Break From Technology
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Anyways, Here are 5 signs you may need to take a break from consuming so much information and just relax.
1. You can't live without your phone in hand
Whether it's in the middle of rush hour traffic or sitting on the toilet, we can't get our cell phones out of our hand!
More than likely, if you have time to read a magazine, scroll for 10 minutes on Facebook, or reply to emails while going poop, there could be a constipation problem. (hint: eat more fresh, organic leafy greens for "healthy poops").
2. You are incredibly bored without being on technology
Your brain has neural pathways which are formed and shaped by actions, habits and daily routines. Cell phone or technology addiction stems back to the deep neurological reward system that keeps us coming back for more.
The "bored" feeling is a combination of things.
Your neurotransmitters (primarily dopamine) give us the sensation of accomplishment, excitement and purpose. When we hear the notification sound from the cell phone, computer or email box, dopamine is released into the brain.
Neurological studies concluded that:
"Rewards that are expected do not produce any activation of dopamine cells, but rewards that are greater than expected produce a short-lasting increase in dopamine, whereas the omission of an expected reward actually causes dopamine release to drop below its ordinary background level."
In short; cell phones are making us addicted, but depressed on a neurological level.
Sadly, it's the idea of interconnectedness that reels us in.
3. You have lost touch with others around you
You sit on your side of the couch on your tech-toy and I'll sit on this side with mine. Sound familiar? You're not alone.
In fact, Dr. Hogan from the University of Oxford did a study on over 24,000 people in marital relationships and found that, too much social media use was one of the most damaging aspects to strong relationships.
You may ask yourself, why can't I just put down the phone? It's not you, it's your brain.
The first step is to create new pathways in the brain. Research has proven that our brains have neuroplasticity and are able to form new habits throughout our entire life.
When you feel like reaching for the cell phone, take a breath and go for a walk. It may make the difference between a happy or troubled relationship.
4. The thought of leaving home without your phone makes you sick
We live in funny times. We feel vulnerable to natural disasters, car crashes and the inability to google a random thought while in line at Starbucks. Leaving home without your cell phone could be considered a sin by some.
Why the sudden change of heart? I attest this phenomenon to the neurological level. We fear that without our phones, something bad will happen. It gives us a degree of comfort on a physical and mental level to have them.
Are we supposed to be without our phones at certain times? Absolutely.
Being constantly "available" is something that is new to the human experience. Without time to disconnect and spend time with ourselves, we become stressed, anxious and depressed.
This is why I recommend everyone learn about Sensory Deprivation Tanks and go relax in them ASAP.
Chances are, if you are out somewhere without your phone, hundreds of them will appear in a time of need. Relax, breathe and carry on tech-free every once and a while. Preferably while you are spending time with a loved one in nature.
5. You love your phone more than your husband/wife/friend
Technology provides a sense of predictability that humans may not. You never know what type of mood someone will be in, how to make them feel better, how to (fill in the blank) with them.
However, technology allows almost full control it without throwing any temper tantrums. This may be insight on why we love technology so much that we are being repelled from other people.
What to do instead?
Whats your relationship with technology like? Where do you see the benefit or problem with it?
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