Why Do a Digital Detox?The experts have warned for a while now that addiction to digital technology could be harming our mental health. It’s so prevalent that detox camps have cropped up across the world, with the promise of helping people unplug and be free from digital distractions.
If you have the willpower, you may not need to take yourself away to a digital detox camp. There are a few simple things you can do to cut back on your digital activities:
- Switch off: Do you find yourself scrolling endlessly through your Facebook feed or tweeting when you’re eating dinner, spending time with friends or doing something else that deserves your full attention? Going cold turkey might be the best solution. Make a deal with yourself that you won’t check your device when you’re involved in another activity. You can then check it once you’re done. This way, you’ll be better focused and enjoy the time spent with others, rather than being mentally absent!
- Set a time limit: It’s easy to find yourself tweeting right up until you go to bed. Try setting a time limit for when you’ll put the devices down and let yourself rest and unwind. This could be an hour before bed, or maybe more. If it’s too tempting to check, put your devices in another room.
And if you feel your devices are taking over your life, consider speaking with a counsellor or life coach.