How much time do you spend on digital platforms such as your laptops, mobile phones, or television each day? In front of the laptop doing your work from 9 to 5, then moving on to scrolling your social media for the next few hours and perhaps throwing in a few more hours to catch your favorite show on television.
If you are feeling slightly burnout from digital devices, it is time for you to do a digital detox. A digital detox is a routine for you to disconnect from digital devices and connect with real-world activities or people.
Why should I do a Digital Detox?
This is especially relevant during this period where social distancing is the new norm. The most convenient way to keep us occupied is through a wide range of digital platforms all around us. However, spending too much time or even addicted to it will have negative effects on one’s health.
Being constantly connected is stressful
Checking emails, texts, social media, some random notification, and the cycle repeats throughout the day. With the constant influx of information or the need to be available immediately, bring significant stress to you. There will come a time where you are not able to find that work-life balance anymore as well.
Too much of digital activities can disrupt your health
In particular, sleep quality and quantity. Research has shown that too many digital devices, especially before bedtime, can result in insomnia or even anxiety.
Being distracted from what means the most to you
Being constantly updated with what your friends or family are doing might trigger certain fear-of-missing-out (FOMO) emotions in you. You might start to do comparisons between your life and the life of others unnecessarily and start to be discontented and disgruntled.
How should you do it?
Set Boundaries and Limits
Set certain periods of the day where digital devices should be prohibited. For example, during meals, before sleep, and most importantly when you are spending time with your friends or family. This can help you to focus your attention and energy on real-world activities instead of being distracted by notifications.
For working adults, you can consider using the 8-8-8 method to perform your Digital Detox. 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, and 8 hours of free time. During your 8 hours of free time, minimize the usage of digital devices. You can use the time to read a book, exercise, cook, and stuff like that. Not only you can hone your skills in other areas every day, but you are also doing a digital detox after using devices for 8 hours at work.
Turn off the notifications of your phone when you are doing your digital detox. Your body might even be conditioned to react to your phone when you hear a ring or see it lighting up as you have been reacting to it almost immediately every hour. Hence, turn off all notifications so the possibility of you even be tempted to check your phone is at it’s lowest.
Start to appreciate real-world activities
As we started to understand and appreciate the perks of technology over the years, we seem to have forgotten the simplicity and fun real-world activities have brought to us back then. Basic activities such as running around in the park, reading a book, or even drawing are things we used to do but not anymore. It will be great to take some time before you embark on your digital detox to reflect and think of the things you would like to do. Get those hobbies and passion back, and also get your balance in life back as well.
It’s okay to break up with your digital devices once in a while.
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