By Robert Claridge

Robert Claridge N.D.

Specialist Naturopath, Holistic Nutritionist, Herbalist, Homoeopath, R-System Specialist

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Most of us would agree that the advancement of technology has brought about numerous benefits and efficiencies. However, it’s important for us to disconnect from it when we can. Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Mental Health: Constant exposure to screens and information online can contribute to stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue due sensory overload and electromagnetic energy exposure. 
  2. Physical Health: Extended use of technology, such as sitting at a computer or staring at a screen for prolonged periods, can lead to physical health problems like eye strain, headaches, and musculoskeletal issues due to poor posture and stasis. 
  3. Social Interaction: Excessive use of technology may lead to decreased face-to-face social interactions, creating isolation and disconnection. 
  4. Nature Connection: Spending too much time inside with technology can separate us from nature, reducing our exposure to negative ions and microbial diversity.   
  5. Productivity and Focus: Constant notifications and the multitasking nature of technology can hinder creativity, productivity and focus due to lack of quiet space to recover and reflect. 
  6. Sleep Quality: Exposure to screens before bed can interfere with sleep patterns. Taking a break from technology in the evening can improve sleep quality and wellbeing. 

What does your relationship with technology look like? How could your habits be more intentional? What might technology be distracting you from? 

A few tips for those wanting to create some distance from technology: 

  • Reduce Screen Time: Consider setting time-specific constraints or designating certain days for minimal or no screen time. 
  • Have a Social Media Break: Turn off your notifications or log out for time away from the updates. 
  • Prioritise Being Outside: Spend time enjoying the natural environment without the distraction of devices. 

Everyone has a different connection to, and reliance on, technology. Being offline has different impacts for each of us. For me, purposeful disconnection enables a deeper sense of wonder, reflection and problem-solving. 

I hope you’re inspired to dial down when you can, 

Robert Claridge

Specialist Naturopath, Holistic Nutritionist, Herbalist, Homoeopath, R-System Specialist

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