• Christine Phillips

Embrace the digital detox

We are living in an age of ever-increasing technology which has brought digital devices to our hands and made them accessible throughout the day and even during the night. These technological advancements are causing more harm than good to our health and relationships and detaching from them is becoming a challenge. This year has been a struggle for many and we rely on social media, news etc for all our information. This information can elevate your stress levels. EVERY year I do this to recharge my battery. This year I know I need this more than ever. DIGITAL DETOX TIME ;-)


However difficult you think it may be, it is not impossible to digitally detoxify yourself, if you stay committed. The following step-by-step guide will help you to attain the goal of setting a limit on the technology and not letting it take over your life.


PLAN YOUR DIGITAL DETOX


If it seems like your life cannot run without technology these days, to digitally detoxify yourself, you will need a well-thought-out plan. YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO PLAN YOUR DIGITAL DETOX IN A BETTER WAY:

  • Motivate: It is a huge decision to make, so motivate yourself by considering pros and cons and making a list of the things that you will need to do.

  • Date you start: Plan out the date that you will start the process of digitally detoxing and work out the things that you need to take care of before that date.

  • Think through: You might not realize how many ways you are dependent on the technology, so think thoroughly. Decide to what limits you can restrict yourself to in order to get maximum benefits from the process without causing any stress.

  • Duration: Decide how long you want to continue your digital detox in order to get used to it and maximize the benefit.

  • Notify in advance: Notify your friends and colleagues about your plan so that they don’t get worried or have an alternate way to reach you in case of emergencies.

Planning it through will help you to consider all the points and prepare yourself mentally when starting the digital detox.



OVERCOME YOUR DIGITAL ADDICTION


Almost everyone is stuck in a digital rut these days. We have become slaves to our smart devices and the technology. In order to overcome this digital addiction, the following steps can help you.

  • Miss the morning roll call: The first thing you do in the morning after getting up is probably checking your phone an all your social media accounts. Skip this routine, indulge in some morning exercise or walk and then hop into the shower. Read the newspaper and have your breakfast. Do all these things without touching your smartphone. Repeat daily.

  • Fend off Internet Intrusion: While you’re working on a very important presentation at your office and suddenly your smartphone dings and you run to check the notification you get totally distracted from your work ect. To avoid this distraction, just turn off the internet on your phone for a while and focus on your work.

  • Don’t be available 24/7: Taking a break from all the technology for a while and just being on your own can be liberating in this fast world. Try to indulge in some mindful meditation instead of being available on social media 24/7. Just develop a habit of doing so daily for a period of time. This will teach you to break free from the internet and the need to be attached while giving you peace of mind.

  • Stop researching the internet for every little thing: Do not depend on the internet to find out about every little thing. For instance, you want to know about food of a particular area, do not get on the internet to collect the information for a change. Just talk to a foodie friend and get all the information as everything has an alternative and as a bonus, you actually connect to people.

These steps will help you with your digital detox.


ENTERTAIN YOURSELF WITHOUT A DIGITAL SCREEN


The next step in digitally detoxifying yourself is to find ways to entertain yourself without using any digital screens. This can be done by using the following entertaining tips.

  • Read a book: Find a book that matches your interests and spend your free time reading it to avoid the distractions that may lead you to using your digital screen.

  • Cook yourself: If you have some extra time, make yourself some healthy food that you love and treat yourself.

  • Exercise: Exercise is another better time pass for you to avoid digital screens and get yourself moving as well. You can either join a gym or transform the attic into your own little gym by bringing in some equipment. Either way, you will develop a new healthy habit that helps you avoid your craving for the digital screen.

  • Get a pet: You can get a pet to spend some quality time with. Look after them and take them for a walk.

  • Play board games: You can convince a partner or friend to play board games like monopoly, chess or even cards. Spend some fun time with your loved ones and be entertained without a digital screen.

  • Play outside: You can select your favorite outdoor game and join a team in your community. Spend some athletic time avoiding the digital screen. You may play basketball, football, baseball or whatever game you enjoy the most.

Choosing these healthy activities over the digital screen will help you to get over your addiction of it.

  • TURN OFF THE LIGHTS EARLY

We are so addicted to the digital screen these days that it occupies us as soon as we get up until we turn off the light to get to bed. Even then it sometimes keeps us awake and hinders proper sleep as well. Due to this, digital addiction is actually harmful to our health. Excessive use of the digital screen can slow down brain functions and deteriorates our vision. It also has other health issues like obesity. In order to restrict yourself from over-use you must set some boundaries. Limit the amount of the time you spend in front of any sort of digital screen for your own well-being. The most important step towards this goal is to turn the lights off early and get enough sleep. You can achieve this goal by having your dinner earlier so you can go to bed. Research has also shown that using a digital screen right before the bedtime disturbs the sleeping pattern and causes insomnia by stimulating the brain. So, avoid it a couple hours before sleeping and be safe.

  • GO OLD SCHOOL

Another very smart way to defeat your addiction to digital screens is to go old school. By going old school, we mean try out the things that used to occupy us in the 90s. You can try the following:

  • Start writing: If you consider yourself good at writing, give it another try. Write a poem, story or even a song or you might keep a journal to record the important events of your life. Once you get started you can even continue to writing a novel if you have the desire and talent.

  • Draw or paint: If you banish the boredom with a digital screen, you can do the same by drawing or painting. This can help to avoid the tech-addiction and exercise the artist inside you who has been suppressed.

  • Write a letter: Instead of writing an e-mail to your friend abroad, or personal messaging your relative, you can go old school and write a letter to them. It would be such a great surprise for them and would show that you truly care about them.

  • Try arts and crafts: You can apply your time to look around yourself and take little things from daily life and transform them into masterpieces. For instance, you can decorate your house by making your photo-frames, pictures, and home decorating items more interesting.

Adopting these old school habits will leave you peaceful and keep you away from technology.

  • AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA

In the last decade social media has been brought to our hands through our mobile devices. This makes it more difficult to not get addicted to it. With just a swipe of your finger you’re connected to the whole wide world which is quite addictive in itself. This addiction is affecting modern world relationships negatively. You can avoid it with the help of the following step.

  • Turn off Notifications: This step will help you avoid the distraction caused by the single beep then spending hours on the social media once you get into its trap.

  • Set Boundaries: Set a boundary for yourself to spend a limited time on social media websites and get off it as soon as the limit is reached. If you exceed your limit, punish yourself in some way to help yourself avoid it next time.

  • Spend more time with your loved ones: We usually ignore our family and kids while using social media when it should be the other way round. Try to spend more time with your loved ones to leave you feeling happy and satisfied.

  • Select a new hobby: Select a new hobby for yourself which you find interesting. For instance, learn to play a guitar, do photography, learn to draw instead of running mindlessly through your newsfeed all day long.

These steps will help you to fend off your social media addiction and get you connected to people in your life.


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