Digital detox refers to a period of time during which a person voluntarily refrains from using digital devices such as smartphones, computers, and social media platforms.

Before you decide if a digital detox is right for you, here are some reasons, benefits, and methods that will help you get started with a digital detox.

Reasons to Start a Digital Detox

For many people, connecting and being immersed in the digital world is just a part of everyday life. There are many reasons why you might want to give up your mobile phone and other devices for a while. 

In some situations, you may feel addicted to your devices. While technology addiction is not officially recognized as a disorder. But many experts believe that overuse of technology and devices is a very real behavioral addiction that can lead to physical, psychological, and social problems.

Signs that you may need a digital detox:

  • You get anxious if you can’t find your phone
  • Feel depressed, anxious, or angry after spending time on social media
  • Find yourself waking up late or waking up early to use your phone
  • Have trouble focusing on one thing without having to check your phone

How To Start?

  • Turn off notifications

Getting constant updates on what’s going on in the world is helpful – but it can also be distracting. One easy solution is to turn off all unnecessary notifications.

  • Put your phone away during meals

It’s a familiar sight in restaurants: a smartphone next to a breadbasket. However, research shows that even if we don’t check our phone, simply placing it on the table during a conversation can reduce the quality of the interaction.

  • Make your bedroom a technology-free zone 

Most people use their phone as an alarm but when you reach for your phone to turn it off, it’s easy to start monitoring social media. In fact, it’s best to leave your phone out of the bedroom at night and invest in an alarm clock. Then you will feel relaxed and the quality of sleep will improve better. 

  • Set a time to use technology and smart devices

When we try to work and start following social media, our brains are affected quite a bit. If you’re focused on a task and get distracted — like following comments or seeing the latest posts — it takes several minutes to recalibrate your brains back to the original task. Get used to looking at only one screen at a time to improve focus.

What To Do Instead?

Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Without technology taking your free time, what could you do instead?

  • Creative Activities: Draw, dance, write, draw or get creative in the kitchen. Creativity is good for you – it helps build new connections between neurons, sharpens your mind, and helps you discover your talents and acquire new skills.
  • Exercise: Exercise is good for your mind, body, and mental health. You don’t need a lot of time to reap the benefits. You don’t have to go extreme, you can get workout benefits by just enjoying a good walk, doing some yoga, playing basketball, or even boxing.
  • Relax: If technology is an important part of your self-care routine, be sure to replace that time with something else that gives you peace. Learning how to meditate, spend some time in the sun, or take a long bath at the end of a stressful day

Digital detoxing from devices is often seen as a way to focus on real social connection without the distraction because by giving up digital devices at least temporarily, people can get rid of the stress of being connected to social media platforms and look perfect all the time.

When To See A Doctor?

There is no doubt that smart devices have many benefits, but their excessive use may lead to exhaustion, fatigue, and in most cases vision issues. If you feel the need, not hesitate to consult a specialized doctor.

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