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Sometimes “breaking up” with things like technology can actually help you lead a healthier, more stress-free lifestyle. / Image: via Shutterstock.

Usually breakups carry a negative connotation, but they aren’t always a bad thing. Sometimes a breakup is a good step in the right direction towards self-fulfillment and mental wellbeing. Consider the following breakups to get yourself towards a healthier and happier version of yourself.

We live in a day in age where a fear of missing out (referred to as “FOMO”) is a big deal, and those after-hour emails from your boss burn a hole in your inbox. Rather than be so focused on the digital world, focus on the things right in front of you. Go outside and breathe in the fresh air. Read a book. Put the phone away and practice the art of listening. Be present, everything else can wait. With this in mind, you are “breaking up” with being so reliant on digital distractions, which can improve your mental health in the long run.

Sure picking up sushi with the gals is fun, or grabbing a coffee to go in between shifts or classes, but all of these expenses can really add up. If you look at your latest credit card or bank statement you will see how much of a chunk from your paycheck is going toward your local coffee shop each month. If you take matters into your own capable hands you can just whittle down the funds you spend. Make your coffee at home or the office instead of spending significant amounts at the coffee shop each day. Invite your friends over for a potluck instead of going out to the trendiest restaurants. Taking a break from your favorite coffee shop, restaurant, or hangout can help you take control of your finances that will empower you in new ways.

As you get older, many of the people in your life get fuller schedules or move away, and the reality of who you actually want to spend your precious time with surfaces. When you sense a relationship has been more of a burden than a bond, it’s time to reevaluate. A healthy relationship is a two way street, beneficial to both parties. If some of your relationships – platonic, romantic, or professional – don’t have this kind of mutual respect, it might be time to break things off.