In a world where we are bombarded by information from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep, and where being “connected” is a must, it can get overwhelming. When our everyday life is dependent on different devices it can get hard to balance online and offline time. However, being real-life present and improving the balance with technology use should be our priority. All the devices we use on a daily sure can make our life easier but it is important to adopt healthy and sustainable habits around the way we use tech.
Digital detox refers to a period of time when a person voluntarily refrains from using digital devices. The amount of time you decide to do a digital detox depends on how much time you feel you need, but adopting healthy everyday habits on how you use technology is the best way to go around it. Here are some benefits of doing a digital detox.
- Improve mental health
There is a fine line between using technology as a way to enhance your life and being addicted to it. Many people with technology addiction also have mental health conditions that contribute to their addiction. A digital detox can reduce the mental health symptoms associated with excess technology use and can help make recovery a little easier.
- Enhance sleep
Constant notification and the need to check on what’s going on can be tempting. Frequent device use can disrupt your sleep schedule and make it harder to sleep. The bedroom should be a place to relax and get a good night's sleep.
- Improve your physical health
When your eyes are glued to the screen, and you can’t look away for hours it can affect your physical health. Eyesight issues and headaches are very common when excessively using technology. Unplug, go outside. Being active is the key!
- Be more productive
Time management is the key to having a healthy and balanced relationship with technology. Putting time aside for things that are not technology-related is important not only for your physical and mental health but taking a break from technology will show just how much time you waste on it. It’s as simple as that!
By including digital detox habits within your everyday life, you can discover new ways to manage your screen time so that using devices is beneficial to you and not doing you harm. Here are some habits that can reduce all the negativity that comes with a modern lifestyle.
- Turn off push notifications
Knowing what is going on in the world and getting constant updates on it, is informative—but it can also be distracting. There is no need for having all your push notifications on. Go through your apps and turn off all the push notifications that you don’t really need and can distract you from working or being present.
- Set time boundaries
Schedule technology-free hours every day, stay away from your phone during meals and social activities. Try adding technology-free activities to your schedule.
- Set physical boundaries
If you have trouble putting down your phone, try leaving it in another room to discourage yourself from using it. Make your bedroom a tech-free space, where you can unwind and have time for yourself.