Men Unplugged: How a Sabbatical Can Change Everything

In an age defined by screens, notifications and ever growing digital noise, more and more men decide that another holiday or Wine Testing Tour is no longer adding value to their lives. What does it mean to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with yourself?

Have you ever wondered if there is something more valuable beyond screens and digital noise? In an age defined by screens, notifications, and ever growing digital noise, more and more men decide that another holiday or Wine Testing Tour is no longer adding value to their lives. They decide to pause, reflect and find out if there is life beyond the screens they are glued to…

According to recent studies, the average person in the United States spends minimum four hours a day on their smartphone, and around 50% of people check their phones within five minutes or less of waking up. Our world has become so dependant on technology that it’s challenging to escape its grasp. But what lies beyond the constant notifications and virtual distractions? Is there a path to greater mental clarity, deeper connections, and a renewed sense of purpose?

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How a Sabbatical can change everything?

Taking sabbaticals from the internet and disconnecting from the digital space can offer several advantages for mental and emotional wellbeing. Unplugging for a period of time can be a valuable experience. What does it mean to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with yourself? Unplugging allows you to be present in the moment, to breathe, and to savour life’s beauty without distractions. Taking a sabbatical from the digital world is about recharging and reconnecting with our real-world selves. Here’s what a Sabbatical can change:

Mental Rejuvenation: Constant exposure to information and digital stimuli can lead to information overload and cognitive fatigue. Taking a break from the internet allows your mind to rest, recharge, and regain clarity.

Reduced Stress: The internet often exposes us to news, social media, and work-related pressures that can contribute to stress and anxiety. Disconnecting provides a respite from these stressors, helping to reduce overall stress levels.

Improved Focus: Digital distractions can hinder concentration and productivity. By disconnecting, you can better focus on tasks, projects, or hobbies without the constant interruptions of notifications and online content.

Meaningful Relationships: Spending less time online allows for more meaningful, face-to-face interactions with friends and family. It can improve the quality of your relationships and strengthen personal connections.

Enhanced Creativity: Detaching from the digital world can stimulate creativity. With less external input, your mind has the space to generate new ideas, explore personal interests, and think more deeply.

Physical Health: Excessive screen time can contribute to physical health issues like eyestrain and sedentary behaviour. Taking a break provides an opportunity to engage in physical activities and prioritize overall health.

Mindful Living: Disconnecting from the digital space encourages mindfulness, allowing you to be more present in the moment, fully experiencing your surroundings and life without the constant distractions of screens.

Digital Detox: It’s a chance to evaluate your digital habits and dependencies. A sabbatical can help you establish healthier boundaries and a more balanced relationship with technology when you return.

The Bottom Line

To make the most of your digital sabbatical, consider setting clear goals and boundaries for your time offline. Inform friends, family, and colleagues about your digital detox to manage expectations. And remember that the duration of your sabbatical can vary, from a few hours or days to several weeks, depending on your needs and circumstances. Ultimately, disconnecting from the digital world can be a restorative and valuable experience, helping you maintain a healthier balance in the digital age. It must be more to life than clicks!

Dr Marina Nani
Dr Marina Nani

Editor-in-Chief of Rich Woman Magazine, founder of Sovereign Magazine, author of many books, Dr Marina Nani is a social edification scientist coining a new industry, Social Edification. Passionately advocating to celebrate your human potential, she is well known for her trademark "Be Seen- Be Heard- Be You" running red carpet events and advanced courses like Blog Genius®, Book Genius®, Podcast Genius®, the cornerstones of her teaching. The constant practitioner of good news, she founded MAKE THE NEWS ( MTN) with the aim to diagnose and close the achievement gap globally. Founder of many publications, British brands with global reach, Marina believes that there is a genius ( Stardust) in each individual, regardless of past and present circumstances. "Not recognising your talent leaves society at loss. Sharing the good news makes a significant difference in your perception about yourself, your industry and your community."

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