With the rapid advancement of technology, the fear of digital addiction has become a growing concern in our modern society. That’s why it’s important to disconnect from technology regularly and take some time out for ourselves. Sharing digital detox tips like limiting screen time, turning off notifications, or leaving phones out of the bedroom, can improve mental health, reduce stress, increase productivity, and ensure a better work-life balance, which is essential in today’s hectic lifestyle. We must encourage our audiences to take a digital detox every once in a while and find joy in simple activities like reading a book, going for a walk, or having a face-to-face conversation with a loved one. So, let’s start the conversation and encourage others to share their experiences with digital detoxing as well. Let’s create a community committed to unplugging and living in the moment!
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- No Social Media – No posting, no reading, no liking.
Turn off those constant push notifications. Being updated on the news is informative, but also distracting. If you let yourself be interrupted five times an hour, you are never really focused on the moment.
- Limit your email reading to three times a day, and no more than fifteen minutes per time. Use a timer for that and turn off the notifications.
- Do not have lunch with your devices on. This includes your smartphone or tablet, but also your TV as well.
- If you can’t get your daily news from a print newspaper, at least restrict your online surfing to one or two publications or news summaries.
- Dedicate your TV time solely to entertainment. Set a specific destination. Don’t roam aimlessly around the channels.
- Rediscover paper. When taking notes, try using pen and paper to keep you away from a screen. Also, reading a book on paper is much more satisfying than reading on a tablet, because it helps our brain process information more efficiently.
- Stop multitasking. In all facets of your life. Why? Because it just doesn’t work. When you are doing two things at the same time, your mind concentrates only on one of them. Simple as that. So, stop looking at your emails while talking on the phone.
- Stop worrying about being inaccessible or unreachable. The people who matter in your life can always reach you.
- Try the rules of third: eight hours for work, eight hours for sleep, and eight free hours. Working more does not make you more productive. Working smart and keeping some free time lets our minds wander and makes our working time more effective.
- Set aside some tech-free time. Many of us feel naked without our devices, but taking a break from technology can do wonders for our well-being. Start by setting a specific tech-free hour each day, e.g. when having a meal. Then, see how you feel after a week.
- Make your bedroom a tech-free zone. Most people use their phones as an alarm clock. When you reach out to your phone to snooze it, it is easy to start scrolling immediately. Try leaving your phone out of the bedroom and using a traditional alarm clock. You may also sleep better. The blue light coming from the screens tricks our brain into thinking it is daytime and makes it hard to put it to sleep.
- Protect your body. The average person spends half of their day staring at a screen, and their body pays the price with digital eye fatigue, dryness, blurred vision, and headaches. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, look upwards at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Don’t forget to blink.
- Fix the ‘text neck’ by holding your phone higher, so that you can look at it in a straight line. Fix the ‘smartphone thumb’ by having regular breaks from your phone and using different fingers to text.
- Create time. to read a book. Dedicate some time, even half an hour, to read your favorite book. Reading is an excellent source of relaxation and will help you to wind down throughout the day.
- Keep your devices. at a distance. When your device is close at hand, you can be tempted to use it. If you can keep them out of sight, it’s even better.
- Meditate. A digital detox is a great opportunity to practice relaxation techniques and strategies. They will help you release stress and tension. Try meditating for ten minutes at first, focusing on your breathing.
- Spend time with friends. A simple get together for coffee could provide some much-needed downtime in an otherwise hectic week.
- Switch your phone off when you’re with friends. Enjoy the moment and the company, and live life to the fullest without outside interventions.
- Get some rest. Find something that will relax you. Learn to meditate, do some yoga, spend some time in nature, or have a long bath. Definitely better than watching TV.
- Go to sleep. Once you start limiting your screen use, you will discover that you feel tired earlier in the evening. This is your body telling you to go to bed. Listen to it.