Taking A Digital Detox
With your smartphone in one hand and your laptop in front of you, the idea of a digital detox might, quite literally, seem out of reach. The concept of digital detox – spending time away from your devices – isn’t new. Along with various digital wellness apps, the idea has been in the background for a while.
But, with the increasing trend towards remote working, it’s becoming more important than ever to spend our screen time wisely. A digital detox can reset our minds to help us achieve this goal. Many of us might benefit from the occasional break from technology, to return to work with an efficient, healthier, and more mindful approach.
What’s The Problem?
Almost half of us consider our own smartphone usage as a problem. It’s a surprising statistic when you remember that, in theory, we are the ones in control. The dopamine hit we get from digital interactions means we keep coming back for more, even when we know we’ve had enough.
Research has shown that the average adult has a shorter attention span than ever, thanks to instant gratification and the infinite scroll of social media. We’re hyperconnected and losing the ability to switch off and take pleasure in real life.
For many of us, our work is online, so the idea of a digital detox seems unrealistic. Our smartphones, tablets, and laptops follow us around our offices and homes like obedient puppies, until it feels like there’s no escape.
A digital detox, no matter how brief, can vastly improve your relationship not only with your devices but with the people around you too. By breaking the cycle of endless screen time, we can reevaluate our use of technology and become more focused, whether we’re at our desks, or enjoying a social life.
How to Have a Digital Detox
Everyone knows how annoying it is to have a conversation with someone whose face is stuck to their phone. If your digital detox needs to start small, it can simply be leaving your phone behind while you’re on your lunch break or having dinner.
By constantly flicking between phone and laptop, you ultimately give neither your full attention. Your work takes longer to get done, and your stress and frustration levels increase. If your detox needs to start really small, it could be limiting yourself to one screen at a time. It might not seem like a big deal, but it might be the first step towards the freeing feeling of improved digital wellness.
Simple, slow activities, such as walking, cooking, yoga, or gardening will press the reset button in your mind. These moments to breathe, away from technology, can give you a greater sense of purpose when you return to it.
It’s been proven that by reading books, not screens, our brains can better process abstract information. With our minds constantly fighting between the physical and the digital worlds, it’s no wonder we’re feeling burnt out. Just maybe, we should consider the freedom of a digital detox.