For many people, being connected and immersed in the digital world is just a part of everyday life. Sometimes you might feel it’s impossible to step away…. the thought of missing out on one “important” text or tweet might make you break out in a cold sweat…. if so, you might be due for a digital detox.
So, what is digital detoxing? Well, is means you stop using technology like smartphones, computers and televisions and focus on real-life social interactions without distractions. What’s all the fuss about? Why is it important? By forgoing digital devices, at least temporarily, people can let go of the stress that stems from constant connectivity. It can help you lower the stress and physical effects of constant technology use.
We get it, going cold turkey and detaching from technology is hard! Here are some of our tips that we follow to help us unplug:
Lay down some ground rules based on what’s realistic for you.
Swear off your most-used social media app for a week. Completely turn off notifications for that app. Tell friends they can call or text you if they want to reach you.
Turn off notifications during work hours. Check your messages at designated times throughout the day, like once every other hour.
Swear off screens after dark. Once the sun sets, keep your phone, laptop, and TV powered off. Turn off electronics in your bedroom, and black out LED screens. Pay attention when your body naturally starts feeling sleepy.
Change your notifications: Unsubscribe from email newsletters that clutter your inbox. Turn off the vibration setting on your phone.
Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Without technology interfering, determine what you want to do instead?
Get creative: creativity is good for you – so, draw, dance, write, paint, or get creative in the kitchen.
Spend time with loved ones: grab dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in ages. Have a meaningful conversation with your partner... or create memories that you can’t replicate with a phone in front of your face.
Unwind: if technology is an important part of your self-care routine, make sure you’re replacing that time with something else that gives you peace. Learn how to meditate, try a yoga class, spend some time in the sun, or take a long bath at the end of a stressful day — it’s better for your body than watching TV.
Go to sleep: once you start limiting screen use, you might discover that you start feeling tired earlier in the evening. That’s your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle telling you to go to bed.Listen to it.
So, don’t be afraid to disconnect. It’s good for you.
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