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15 July 2020 | 4 min read

Why Digital Detox Is Important And How To Start One Today

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Is your smartphone attached to you at all times? Do you feel FOMO {fear of missing out} every time  you are off the internet and feel like everyone on Instagram has a much better life than you? Do you become anxious just thinking about how many emails are piling up in your inbox?  If you reach for your phone as soon as you wake up, or don’t know the last time you read a book with actual pages, or have a million excuses why you can’t find the time to start that exercise regime, this is an excellent time to consider going on a digital detox. 

Detoxes of all kinds are all the rage in the wellness community. While popular food-based detoxes can help you cleanse your internal system and reboot your energy, we are today in dire need to dig deeper emotionally and take an honest look at what it means to be connected to technology 24/7. When you begin to address your need to be online at all times, making healthier choices in other areas of your life becomes a much easier task.

As the pace of the digital world increases, there is an expectation that we answer all forms of communication immediately and live our lives more online than offline. If this feels off balance to you, it is because it is true. Going on a digital detox will help you re-prioritize your life and get back in tune with your rhythm instead of rushing around to the beat of someone else’s drum. Think about the last time you travelled to a new place and the perspective you gained from experience. A digital detox is the same. By unplugging these lines of communications, you see things differently and tap into deeper levels of creativity.

Digital Detox – Tips To Get You Started

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Needless to say, we are always connected to our devices. However, these screens can lead to a lot of stress in due time and a digital detox is always a good idea – here are some ways you can get started.

Schedule your screen time – Scheduling helps in maintaining a disciplined life, and it applies to screen time as well. Pre-decide on a specific time you want to spend every day to read through social media updates and try to stick to it. Do not give away your weekends and evenings to social media.

Make eye contact during conversations – Let’s accept the fact that most of us, in the middle of a conversation with someone, have been on our phone reading emails or checking social media updates. Tweaking this habit can help you towards detoxing digitally. Practice making eye contact during conversations.

Establish routines for your morning and evening – One of the most toxic habits we have is to check our phones first thing in the morning and end the day too with the phone screen in hand. Instead, try to teach some other habits in the morning like exercise, yoga or meditation. At night, read a book, listen to a podcast or some soothing music instead to relax the mind before slipping into a deep slumber.

Don’t attempt updating on all platforms – Slow and steady wins the race, so take it slow when getting rid of digital media and technology. Pick one or 2 of your favourite platforms and stick to it. 

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Have one ‘disconnected’ day per week – Choose one day of a week when you will not be staying connected virtually, preferably a weekend, so you do not miss out on work emails! However, do plan your day well, so you do not feel like you are wasting your time – a new hobby, a virtual date with a friend, or any other hobby. Connect with yourself and your close ones for real.

Spend time with your family like the pre-digital era – Televisions are a distraction as much as smartphones are. Hence, watching TV is the least form of family get-together. Instead, plan on cooking something together, have a family game night or just sit and converse to know more about each other’s life.

Spend some time outside every day – Although COVID-19 might have put restrictions on our unrestricted movement, try to get some fresh air and sunlight every day. If that is not possible, we highly recommend that you do some level of physical activity every day – sign up for an online exercise session with Cult Fitness that offers a full and comprehensive range of exercises that you can do indoors. The best part – you can do it with specialized trainers who are available for almost all types of classes from yoga to Zumba. This is an easy way to get off stress and digital toxicity.

Start a new hobby – If you have a hobby, you have been thinking of starting, now is a good time to do the same. But make sure it isn’t a hobby or interest that lets you be plugged in since that takes away the whole crux of the matter we are trying to address here! Offline hobbies and interests like pottery, painting, learning some sport or even taking yoga/Zumba classes.

Digital Detox: How-To

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  • Choose a date on which you will shut off all the digital devices that own, including your computers, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and any other digital devices 
  • Decide on a length of time for the detox. We highly recommend at least 24 hours. 
  • Use a digital detox to do something you’ve wanted to do like read, cook a new recipe, clean your closet, or hang with a friend.
  • Notice what comes up for you emotionally during the detox – it is a good idea to keep a notebook close by so that you can journal about it!

If going off the grid feels too scary, try logging out of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a few days. You can also commit not to check your phone in social settings. Small changes can have a significant impact – just start today, and you can keep building on your progress as time goes by – good luck!

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