Do you find yourself constantly on your phone or computer? Maybe you feel like you don’t spend much of your time actually relaxing? Perhaps you even find it quite hard to stop checking your phone and computer?
In this day and age, technology is always evolving and most people will have a mobile phone by their side. It’s always a great idea to take some time away from all things digital once in a while. I am going to talk about 7 ways to help you kick-start your digital detox and stick with it, but first, let’s look at why you should do it.
We are constantly surrounded by our phones, tablets, laptops etc. So, it’s no wonder that experts now suggest that this constant need for our digital companions can become unhealthy.
Technology is very useful and is needed for most things. However, when you become in constant need of it, you can start to neglect other things in your life. If technology comes in the way of your education or job, financial situations or more, then this could be very damaging. Being able to have a digital detox is a great way to spend more time socializing or doing something you have wanted to do for a while, including giving yourself some relaxing ‘me time’.
A digital detox doesn’t have to be for months. It could even just be a day or two, and it can help you to concentrate on what’s right in front of you and not just what’s on your screen. You can focus on yourself and others, not worrying or checking up on what others are doing online, or finding emails from the office when you are out of work. It can be great to do this for a day or two, every so often.
It can be quite hard to lock away your phone or laptop, completely being cut off from the online world, but if you can ease into it and maybe try it for a day, it can feel great.
I am going to give you 7 easy ways that you can start and stick with your digital detox today.
To save you from possibly failing at your first digital detox because you tried to give up absolutely everything digital, try and focus on one thing. This could be leaving your phone at home on a day out. Or, only checking your emails once during the day.
Once you have decided the one habit to tackle you can try it on your first detox. Then, once you have achieved this, focus on another and do them both next time. This will make it a lot easier for you to stick with your detox and could also not be too much of a challenge the first time.
You may be putting off your digital detox because you are worried about how people can get in touch with you or if there is an emergency. If you can let people know when and how long you will be without your mobile or computer, this can help you feel more relaxed. By doing this, whoever needs to be in contact can do so by other means, in person or on the landline if there is an emergency. You could also let people know on social media that you will not be online for a certain amount of days as you are having a social media vacation so that people know what is going on. This will clear your mind of any worries and you can just focus on yourself.
If you are taking part in a social media detox, it can be so much harder when your phone is sending you notifications from your apps. This could cause temptation for you to check your phone if it’s constantly beeping and vibrating next to you.
Try to log out of all of your social media accounts. Consequently, you will not be shown any notifications. Plus, you won’t have as much temptation to go on your phone. If you cannot log off, then you can always turn off your notifications so you still will not receive them.
Have you ever seen someone on their phone whilst whoever they are with is trying to talk to them? We would normally say it’s rude, however, quite a lot of us do this, most likely without even knowing. Over time it becomes a self-conscious decision and constant multitasking results in a lack of focus. To others, it may come across as you are not listening to them.
Try and have quality time with your friends and family. You could leave your phone at home or in your bag and just spend the day with others.
If you need to check anything, make sure you have a time you are going to do so and only check it then.
When you are starting your digital detox, try and go to places where phones are not allowed as this could make it a bit easier for you. If you are interested in yoga and meditation, this could be a great place to start as you won’t find a phone or laptop insight, and you can also focus on some great self-care and relaxation time.
This also works if you go to the swimming pool or out for a jog etc. This will help with any temptations you may have to check your phone and you can really focus on the present.
If you like to be in nature then you will like Forest Bathing Or Shinrin-Yoku, which is a form of forest therapy.
Sometimes, completely shutting yourself off for technology can be quite hard, especially when it’s your first digital detox. If you are worried about stopping altogether, try and give yourself an allowance. Give yourself a restricted time to use your phone or laptop. For example, having 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening.
This can help you to stick with your detox and will not seem as challenging at first. You can then try and shorten that time on your next detox until you are ready to stop completely for a day or so.
Digital detoxing can be a great way for you to try new things or something you have been wanting to do for a while. Take the time that you have away from your phone and computer to go out and help someone. Alternatively, try something new. You could offer to help your mom go grocery shopping, or you could volunteer for a charity at the weekend. If this isn’t something you would like to do, you can spend this new time concentrating on relaxing.
You could try meditating or getting a massage for example. Digital detoxing doesn’t have to be stressful, it is meant to be a positive, relaxing time!
For some more inspiration to help you with your digital detox, why not take a look at our article on 50 things to do away from your computer!