Disconnecting means putting yourself in an interruption free zone so you act instead of react. It’s a method of preventing yourself from interacting with people and posts online when it’s not urgent that you do so. We all have a natural drive that makes us want to respond instantly to notifications as they appear, and to seek out distractions as a way to avoid being present. However, research shows that frequent distractions increase our stress and decrease our happiness. When we can concentrate, without distractions, we are more productive, focused, and happy. Disconnecting allows us to take a break from distractions so that we can work, enjoy deeper conversations, or simply be present.