Can Unplugging Help You Recharge?

Earlier this week, Charles in the CustomED office emailed our team with the good news that Monday, March 11 was National Napping Day. Although we all chuckled at the idea of taking a nap during the work day, I was reminded of the idea that we often hear about how important it is to take a break, unplug and enjoy the moment. What would (and could) happen if you took a “nap” from technology?

In the workplace, it can be difficult to step away – the emails, phones and meetings seem to spin at full tilt. But a few minutes every now and then to stand up, step away from the computer, stretch or take a walk can leave you feeling refreshed as if you had caught a 15 minute cat nap. Leave your phone on your desk, step outside, and breathe the fresh air – it can jump start you for the rest of the day.

This notion can also be applied to your non-work life. I heard an interesting story about the first time that Bryce Harper batted as a Phillie during a spring training game. There was a huge roar of applause as he approached the batter’s box, but then it fell eerily quiet. Why? Because everyone stopped clapping so they could record the moment on their phones. Instead of living in the moment, people were recording it.

Researchers in a study from the University of Maryland discovered that when students unplugged from technology, they reported an improved quality of life. In the context of this study, an “improved quality of life” meant that study participants spent more time with friends and family, got more frequent exercise, and even cooked more often and ate healthier foods.

We all struggle with the balance of staying connected in today’s world, and the right measure will be different for each of us. Perhaps a “technology nap” could be right for you — challenge yourself to see what you may discover if you try.

Megan Cucinotta Administrative and Service Coordinator