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Three Reasons Why It’s Important To Take A Break From Tech

Three Reasons Why It’s Important To Take A Break From Tech

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Technology has been a wonderful thing in our lives, it has meant that we can stay connected to people all over the world, we can send emails in seconds, video chat with people on the other side of the world and find out news instantly and from all over like never before. However, with all the benefits our laptops, smartphones, and tablets bring, they have also brought a lot of stress and anxiety to people’s lives, and they are not always good for our health. People have become so reliant on their phones that a new cell phone law has been introduced as many people cannot cope for a couple of hours without using their phones. How did we cope before we had phones? There are many reasons why we need to take a break from tech, and here are three of them. 

To better connect with people.

While you might think that you are connecting with people on your phone, you’re not – not properly. If you put your phone down, you can connect with those people you are with in real life. It’s easy to think you’re connecting with someone because you’re sat having dinner with them, but if you’re constantly looking at your phone or even just aware of your phone, then you’re not giving the other person your full attention. Have some time where you switch off your phone and spend time with people, get them to turn theirs off too, and see what a difference it makes. If you find that you’re struggling to make conversation, then it shows that you’ve been spending too much time on your phone and is definitely time to take a break. 

You’ll be more productive.

For many things you need technology to get the job done, but how many times do you go to look something up and then get distracted by notifications and end up down a rabbit hole watching Youtube videos that are completely irrelevant to what you wanted to do in the first place and in fact you have forgotten what you were going to do in the first place. If you have jobs you need to do, turn the notifications on your mobile phone off, close down your social media pages on your computer, and cut down the distractions so that you can focus on whatever it is you want to achieve. 

You’ll reduce stress. Being connected 24/7 is very stressful, whether it’s work who can contact you or it’s you checking your work emails all the time, there’s never time to switch off. Not only that, but too much time on social media means that many people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety from comparing themselves to other people and constantly feeling the pressure of how they look in their photos or what they are doing with their lives. Using technology can also disrupt your sleep, which is no good for stress, so it’s a good idea to turn off at least an hour before bed and read a book. Start doing this, and you’ll soon begin to feel less stressed.

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How To Become The New You

How To Become The New You

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2020 is on its way, and is actually almost here. This can make anyone excited and also apprehensive as to what the next ten years might hold.  It’s anyone’s guess. When we see how technology, culture and many other interesting elements of life have developed in ten years, anyone who can accurately predict what will happen in another ten will only be giving their best guess, despite what they say.

However, as always, worrying about the future is often left second to caring about the present. This means that becoming the new you before or as the new decade starts can help you segment yourself into productive new habits with this decade change as a milestone. It may seem overly optimistic, but there’s no reason as to why you should consider it so.

All you may need is an encouraging element of support and also someone gently whispering that yes, you can achieve this. With that said, please consider our advice to this end, as we hope to fulfil this role for you:

Stop Asking For Permission To Be You

We can often think that simply being ourselves is the greatest sin we can commit. Perhaps you like watching anime, or playing online games, or reading young adult fiction despite being 30 years old. Perhaps you enjoy baking in an apron as a 45-year-old buff security guard. Perhaps you enjoy learning full-contact MMA despite being a pleasant, middle-aged schoolteacher. Have we listed anything out of the ordinary here? Perhaps. Is that something to be ashamed of? Never. Stop asking for permission to be you. To use a cliched but always relevant phrase – the people who matter don’t mind, and the people who mind don’t matter.

Resolve Your Weights

Weights can hold all of us down. For some, it might be guilt for something experienced years ago. For others, it might be that they have been struggling with food addiction, or are falling back into terrible habits. It’s never as easy as clicking your fingers and being rid of the problem weighing you down, but the resolution process means taking a careful approach and doing your best to overcome the harmful issues you are facing. This means taking that first step, be it utilizing excellent substance abuse treatment, or even admitting that you need to speak to someone, allows you to find great inner strength and peace knowing you are making progress.

Don’t Force ‘You’

When we think of who we want to be, it’s easy to force ourselves into a singular version of who we think we are. But the truth is, you’re not that. You cannot force who you are. Moulding yourself into who you become is achieved through following what you are passionate about, through trying to live up to your highest ideals such as kindness or good faith. If you can approximate these measures, you feel much more alive than you have done prior. Because instead of living as an artificial version of you – you’re actually you.

With these tips, we hope you can find yourself, because you have and will always be enough.

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Making Your Home A Little Smarter

Making Your Home A Little Smarter

Technology is everywhere. It’s in our public transport, our advertising billboards, our cars and even our pockets. Wherever you go, you can access the internet. You can go live online and make your followers and friends aware of where you are and what you’re up to. Technology has been evolving at such a rapid rate, that even the simple pen and paper are slowly becoming obsolete. It was only a matter of time before people began to introduce technology into their homes.

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When we say technology, we mean beyond the 40” TV in the lounge, or the astounding gigabit service your internet provider gives to you for streaming your favourite box sets on your tablet. We’re talking about the additions like Alexa and the Dot. The modern ‘smart’ home is still in development, with many companies working as hard as they can to make the house a smart one and benefit from being connected online. It’s hard to know whether there is any home gadget that is smart and is an essential, but there are plenty of developments happening right now that need to be considered. The only worry? A power cut! Here’s some of the smart tech you should be considering for your home:

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  • Ecobee3 Smarter WiFi Thermostat: Adjusting the temperature has never been easier than doing if from the comfort of your bed on your phone. They learn your schedule of waking up and going to bed so that it can pre-empt the temperature that you want your home to be, adjusting itself accordingly. It’s great for tracking your energy spending and you can save cash by learning when the most expensive time of day to heat the house is.
  • Nest Cam: Functional, high-resolution and wireless, this camera is the perfect little gadget when you need to get things done around the house but have children to keep an eye on. You can stream the video to your smartphone, so wherever you are in the house you can keep a watch on the kids. Go one better and have the camera pointed at the stove: watching to see if sauce boils over from the lounge is far more fun!!
  • Roomba 980: Is there anything smarter than a gadget that will clean a room on a schedule? You can program it to start up at any time, and it’ll run itself around the room to clean the floors for you. They’re not cheap, but they are worth their weight in gold for the busy parents.
  • August Smart Lock: Imagine being able to remotely lock your doors. Keys aren’t exactly complicated to use, but to be able to remotely unlock or lock your doors using your smartphone is fun! This has the feature that you can dictate it to let people into the house when you’re not there, which is handy when you’re running late!

A smart home is the future in the same way that smart cars are becoming a reality. Get involved and get on board with your house!

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