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5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Break from the Internet

Go Offline for Change and Do Something Away from the Computer or Smartphone

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About.com Web Trends focuses on showing you all the cool websites, apps and trends that you can take advantage of online, but that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize the need to completely unplug from the web every once in a while. Going offline for at least 24 hours can give you a big refreshment boost, and that can be a really good thing for your overall health.

If you find it hard to step away from the computer, put your smartphone on airplane mode or shut down your iPad, you’re not alone. It's not easy to unplug when the online world is so accessible, but here are five good reasons why you should consider it.

1. Spend time with family and friends.

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Connecting with people through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is not the same as connecting with them in person, and it never will be—no matter how advanced technology becomes one day. Do yourself a favor and call up a good friend or family member (yes, call, not text) and plan a coffee date or something. You’ll be glad you did.

2. Disconnect from work.

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With technology all around us, we’re connected almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of us with office-based jobs have blurred the line between our personal lives and life at work. Although you may feel tempted to regularly check your work inbox from your smartphone on your day off, remember that work/life balance is important. It’s not easy to do, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

3. Relax, de-stress and avoid burnout.

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Getting overwhelmed by information in the Internet age is a common problem that most of us probably don’t even realize we suffer from. Remind yourself that you can do just fine without needing to scroll through your Facebook feed for a day or two. We’ve sort of become wired to consume as much information as we can, and that can add to unwanted stress, anxiety and depression. If you're feeling any of these symptoms, it might be time to take a break.

4. Do something you enjoy and get active.

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We all know how hard it is to get off the couch or out of that desk chair when all of our machines keep us planted on our butts for hours. Unplugging from the online world will give you the chance to do something you enjoy—whether it be a simple walk outside or a hobby that you love to indulge in. It’s good for your health, both mentally and physically.

5. Catch up on your sleep.

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The Internet probably keeps you up at night. Whether it’s email, YouTube or an intense game of Angry Birds, it all adds to sleep deprivation. Instead of spending that extra hour or two fumbling around online before bed, just go to bed. Catch up on your beauty sleep and get some much needed rest. You’ll probably feel a lot more refreshed, and it might even make you wonder why you don’t make a regular habit out of it.
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