It's no secret that today's society has a contentious relationship with 'screens', and the amount of time we spend staring at them. For some it's certainly an addiction, and for a good majority of us, it could at least be considered unhealthy.
Excessive screen time brings with it an endless bombardment of notifications, alerts, and pings. While it can be hard to step away from our devices, if you're feeling anxious or stressed, a digital detox might be just what you need.
The Benefits of Disconnecting
Disconnecting from devices can help improve focus and concentration. Taking a break from the constant stimulation gives your brain a chance to rest and rejuvenate, and as a result, you'll find it easier to focus when you need it and be more productive overall.
Further, it can help in improving your relationships. The importance of face-to-face interactions cannot be understated in your general wellbeing. Being more present and less distracted with the people around you in 'real life' will help deepen your connections and create lasting bonds with the people who matter the most.
Tips on how to unplug and detox from technology
1. Schedule some screen-free time every day. Whether it's 30 minutes before bed or first thing in the morning, make sure you're spending some time each day completely away from your devices. These screen-free times are also the perfect opportunities for your meditation practices, whether you choose to play with your zen garden or engage in spiritual rituals in your mindfulness corner, it will help you relax and reset your mind.
2. Get outside. Nature is a great way to ground yourself and clear your head. Make sure you're getting plenty of fresh air and spending time in the sunlight every day.
3. Be present in the moment. When you're talking to someone, really listen to what they're saying instead of letting your mind wander. And when you're doing an activity, try to savor it instead of letting your thoughts race ahead to the next thing on your to-do list.
4. An extra challenge if you're up for it, only access social media on your laptop. If you find you spend a lot of your valuable time browsing through social media, you might want to delete all social media apps off your phone. For me, I reduced my usage to only logging onto social media from my laptop a few times a week to check my messages. When I did, I noticed my focus and productivity increase, and was surprised that I did not feel like I missed out on anything!
In summary, schedule some screen-free time in your day, get outside, and be present in the moment. You will help yourself feel more grounded and balanced, and hopefully enjoy life even more.