These days, our world revolves around status updates and text messages. While technology has had a huge part in improving our daily lives, studies have found that it can also negatively affect health, mental well-being, and relationships.
A digital detox is a great way to get away from the distractions of the digital world. Similar to a health cleanse, a digital detox is a period of time where people stop using their digital devices and focus on themselves.
Here are 6 simple ways to start your digital detox:
No Phones at the Dinner Table
Just put it down. It’s that easy. You don’t have to do anything else. Use this hour to enjoy the food and company. To avoid temptation, keep your phone out of sight and out of mind at the dinner table.
No Phones in Bed
For most, our phones are the first thing we turn to in the morning and the last thing we see before going to bed. Research has actually found that the light from your phone can make it more difficult to get a good night’s rest.
Turn Off Push Notifications
It’s easy to get distracted by the amount of Instagram likes you get or you last dm on Twitter. Push notifications interrupt your day and your thought process, so turn them off. If you want to take it an extra step, try deleting all social media apps from your phone.
Fun doesn’t require filters. Before you Instagram a photo of your meal, snap your girls’ night out, or waste time with captions, filters, and comments, considering actually experiencing the moment without your phone.
Find Something to Refocus Your Attention
Yes, it will be difficult to fight the impulse to reach for your phone. Find something to distract you: get lost in a book book, pick up your paintbrushes, or go for a hike.
It will take a lot of adjustments and motivation, but a digital detox will help replenish your mind and body. For even more of a challenge, try increasing the detox period to 6 hours, a day, a week, or even a month.
We are constantly trying to juggle life, work, and relationships. But at the same time, we’re also tweeting, snapping, and texting. We are constantly faced with demands for our attention and if we don’t let ourselves recharge and reboot, we can burn out and become unproductive. The benefits of a digital detox are too great to pass up, so give it a try.