If you’re not careful, your technology use can spiral out of control and impact your quality of life. Cell phones, tablets and computers have the potential to make your life easier – but they don’t always make it better.

Here are a few reasons to take a break from your devices:

  1. More time for yourself – Although it may seem technology makes things simpler, it can eat up a lot of time. Between checking your email and replying to texts to scrolling through Instagram and liking status updates on Facebook, entire hours or even days can fly by. Instead of spending so much time glued to your devices, make time for yourself and the activities you enjoy. Make it a habit to only check your phone and computer a few times a day.
  2. Closer relationships – While it’s certainly convenient to check in on your family and friends through social media, it’s no substitute for in-person bonding time. When was the last time you hung out with your family or friends to try a new restaurant or see a movie? These kinds of experiences and memories can’t be made through texting or online chatting. For lasting relationships, spend time with those you love.
  3. Better sleep – Ever find yourself staying up way past your bedtime to scroll through your friends’ photos on Facebook? Social media can be addicting but staying up too late can disrupt your body’s natural rhythm and lead to sleep deprivation and disorders such as insomnia. If being online begins to take a toll on your health, it’s time to take a break from technology.
  4. Improved focus – Constantly checking your phone for texts and social media notifications makes you less focused on the task at hand. So unplug from technology until you finish your work. The more focused you are now, the faster you’ll finish – and the more time you’ll have to relax.
  5. Fewer accidents – So many road accidents are caused by people paying more attention to their phones than driving. When you’re on the road, unplug from technology and focus on reaching your destination in one piece.
  6. Enjoying nature – One of life’s simplest pleasures is getting outside and enjoying nature. There is so much to learn and experience that can’t be replaced by pictures and videos. Take a hike, go for a jog or simply gaze up at the sky. These activities can give you a sense of inner peace and can help calm your mind.

Remember – technology should not be the center of your life. If you think you’re becoming too attached to your gadgets, try taking a break from technology. There’s more to life than being online.