Taking a little time to feel happier and less stressed is something we all can benefit from.

By Faith Brar
Updated: December 29, 2017

The first week of the new year usually kicks off with a number of health-related resolutions, but celebs like Ed Sheeran and Iskra Lawrence are encouraging people to go a slightly different route by clearing up some headspace and going phone-free for a bit. This is the second year in a row that Sheeran has vowed to ditch his cell phone in hopes of living a more productive life.

Surprisingly, this hasn't disconnected him from the world completely. "I bought an iPad, and then I just work off of email, and it's so much less stress," he said in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year. "I don't wake up in the morning and have to answer 50 messages of people asking for stuff. It's just like, I wake up and have a cup of tea," he continued. (Find out: Are You Attached to Your iPhone?)

The self-imposed detox has brought a lot of balance back into the singer's life, making him realize that working on mental health is just as important as achieving your physical goals. "I feel like life is all about balance, and my life wasn't balanced," he recently told E! News.

Model Iskra Lawrence expressed similar sentiments: "I'll always love sharing and learning from you all worldwide, but i do want to check in with myself that I'm not using my phone as a crutch or becoming distracted irl," she wrote on Instagram, announcing that she'll be taking a break for the rest of the week.

There's no denying that stepping away from your cell phone and social media from time to time is important for your mental health. "Digital tech overuse means we are 'always on,'" as Barbara Mariposa, author of The Mindfulness Playbook, told us in Spring Clean Your Tech Life. "It's really hard to find the off button, especially because of the addictive nature of overuse, and FOMO. But the brain needs breathing space as much as the whole human does."

If you feel like your phone is taking over your life, you might want to try a digital detox. (Here are 8 Steps to Doing a Digital Detox Without FOMO) Who knows? You might end up ditching your device for good. And if not, taking a little time to feel happier and less stressed is something we all can benefit from.

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