Raise your hand if, like me, you wake up in the morning and check your social media in a matter of seconds. If you reach for your smartphone as soon as you wake up, become anxious just thinking about how many emails are piling up in your inbox or worse, feel like everyone on Snapchat or Instagram has a more exciting life than yours, start a digital detox.
Why I needed a digital detox?
I never planned a digital detox. In fact I never thought I needed one. But being plugged into all the time it’s not the healthiest thing to do. And deep down, I was craving for a real holiday, so as soon as I stepped on Romanian shores three weeks ago, I knew a digital detox would do me some real good.
I won’t lie, it’s not as simple as just putting all your devices in a draw and getting on with your day. I felt guilty and somehow unproductive, but reconnecting with the people I love and care about and spending more time in the nature made me realize how important it was to reset myself.
How to start a digital detox?
Ideally, a digital detox should last 24 hours as a minimum but can extend up to a week if you really need a break.
Choose a date on which you will either switch off or put all your devices away. Your FOMO might take over (it’s only natural), but keep reminding yourself why you wanted to switch off in the first place. Also, there’s no point switching off for 24 hours and spending that time watching TV at home – go out, use those hours to catch up on all the little things in life you’ve been missing out on.
If you’re planning a digital detox, make sure you’re covered at work – do it at the weekend for an easier and less stressful process. Having a break from the technology will make you feel a lot calmer, it’s a promise!
Have you ever considered starting a digital detox?
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