What is a Digital Detox? In essence its where we take time away from our screens and focus on physical things in front of us, and interact with real people we come in to contact with. In light of recent events, personal and in the media, I think taking a few hours, days or even weeks away from our screens and social media accounts can do wonders for our health especially mentally.
There can be many reasons why you might decide a digital detox is right for you. Here are some of them below:
It might just simply be that you want to re-connect with those around you, or really take in your surroundings. You might find that having break gives you peace of mind, or that it allows you to gather your thoughts and sort of give yourself a bit of a reboot and a chance to recharge.
Be realistic! To say that you won’t look at a Smartphone, TV or computer/laptop for an entire week these days just won’t happen (unless you are in the jungle, outbacks or middle of no where with zero signal and zero pieces of equipment with you).
What I would suggest is taking small steps. For example, have a social media detox. Delete those apps, resist the temptation to ‘hop on’ for a minute. If you really really can’t then set yourself boundaries, set times when you can use your phone or computer and set yourself a cut off time in the evening where there would be no technology say after 7pm. It might be good to introduce the rule of no phones at the table, no technology on when there are people around you, and one I deem to be the most important of all is don’t let the phone be the first thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning!
We are all individuals and wired differently so you have to do what works for you. If that’s going without technology for a day, week or month, or removing yourself from social media, or a particular app, then so be it. Give it a go and note how it makes you feel.
I’m a fan of a social media detox myself. I don’t tend to plan them I just feel when the time is right. You will quite often find me taking a weekend here or there to rejuvenate. Personally, it makes me feel great to ‘vanish’ for a weekend, and come Monday I am back raring to go. Sometimes that is the sort of recharge I need, and you know what, social media is exactly where I left it, not much changes.
Have a go, let me know what you do and how it makes you feel. I bet you won’t be saying it made you felt awful!