A digital detox is something that everyone should do regularly. It can help you stay focused, relieve stress and make you more productive! If you have trouble disconnecting from technology or want to take a break, this post is for you!
Here are 7 ways to do digital detox:
Day 1: Go on vacation and leave your laptop at home.
The first step to digital detox is to break from the digital world. Go on a vacation. This can be a real vacation or just an afternoon spent away from your computer at home with your family or friends.
If you cannot take a real vacation, try leaving your laptop home for just one day this week. Go on an outing with friends or family, spend time in nature, or just enjoy the time off from work!
This is one of my favourite ways to go digital detox, especially when I need a mental break from a busy week.
Day 2: Hide social media apps on your phone.
Choose which apps you want to hide from being accessible by going into each app, but hiding them in one place will make it easier for you to find them if you need them later in the week.
Think of how much more time and energy you’ll have when those notifications aren’t popping up every five seconds. Other things could use your attention instead of what’s happening on Instagram now.
Detoxing from social media is essential for your mental health.
Social media can be addictive, so you should take a break from your digital devices to maintain your mental health.
It can be a source of stress and anxiety for many people, and the more time spent on it, the more likely we are to feel this way. On top of that, we often compare ourselves to others on social media—which can make us feel isolated or depressed if we don’t measure up.
Day 3: Do one thing you would typically do online but offline instead.
For example, use a physical planner and notebook to keep you organised.
First of all, the act of writing down things helps you remember them better than typing them into your phone or computer. Your brain is more engaged in this process which means you’ve got a higher chance of recalling what’s written down later.
Day 4: Enjoy the outdoors.
Wander into your backyard or find a nearby park and take a walk. Being in nature is good for you. Research shows that people who spend time in the great outdoors tend to be healthier, happier and more productive than those who don’t.
And it doesn’t have to be an all-day outing. Just five minutes outside can provide some respite from your screen addiction.
Take your headphones off while walking around. Listen to the sounds around you – nature and the city around you.
Day 5: No technology before 8 am or after 8 pm (except for emergencies).
We all know that technology is one of the biggest causes of sleep disturbance.
Try turning off all electronics (phones, iPads, tablets, tv, radio) 30 minutes before bedtime. Once in bed, turn off any screens (including phones, iPads, and tablets) and meditate/read something calming until you fall asleep.
Leave your phone in the other room while you go to bed.
If checking social media before 8 am seems impossible for you, then try setting a timer and telling yourself that once the timer goes off, it’s okay for you to check your account(s). This will help keep things from spiralling and give you some structure.
Day 6: Try setting up a schedule with friends to meet in person.
This might sound old-fashioned, but it can make a difference in your digital detox experience. After all, there’s nothing like good old-fashioned face-to-face conversations to help you connect with people and rejuvenate your sense of self.
7: Create a complete digital detox for at least one full day.
On day 7, the last day, the day for a complete digital detox.
This is the hardest of all but also the most rewarding.
A complete digital detox means completely getting rid of all electronic devices for one day. No computer, no tablet, no nothing. Just you and nature. No TV either!
Turn off notifications, and turn off your phone.
Unplugging means not having your phone vibrate or be silent, allowing you to feel the vibration in your pocket, so you’re not tempted by every new notification. You can also put the phone on aeroplane mode and leave it in another room or somewhere else where it won’t bother you. If there’s something important, they’ll call and leave a message.
Taking a break from technology is essential for your mental health and relationships!
Taking a break from being constantly connected can help you reconnect with friends and family. You may find that when you’re not looking at texts, emails and social media notifications all day long, it’s easier to focus on the people around you in real life!
I hope you’re ready to take on this new challenge!
It’s a great way to get started on your digital detox journey and can help you improve your mental health and relationships with others.
You may find that some of these tips are more helpful than others, but don’t be discouraged if one or two do not work well for you.
After all, this is just the beginning!
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