In today’s world we are all so used to being constantly connected, most of us are almost never without our phones. I know that I am personally guilty of spending way too much time on my gadgets. Being distracted by every notification means that I’m not always as present as I could be with friends, family and work – this is honestly where I should be using my skills from my Midfulness qualification!
However, it’s not just about unplugging devices, it’s about rediscovering what happens when you plug back into life. Disconnecting devices, allows you to reconnect with yourself, your family, your community, nature and even the world. Digital detoxing is simply a break from technology and using that time to nurture yourself and just have fun.
I encourage you all to take out time daily for digital detox; go offline for a few hours to a day (or if you’re brave – the whole weekend) and make the most of it. Here are some of my top tips of how I think having a digital detox can benefit you:
Being Present in the Moment
This is the biggest one for me. With the amount of time people are spending on there phones and devices, it seems that everyone is almost slightly distracted at all times. I get told off by my daughter most of the time – sometimes she’ll say something really silly that she knows will shock me only to check if I am listening by seeing how I react. So…Switch off your gadgets and you might find that you notice and appreciate the everyday things around you so much more. It’s all about Mindfulness!
Reduce Unnecessary Stress
There are benefits of being so connected. Don’t get me wrong, I love how connected the online world is. But having minute by minute updates can actually become really stressful. Feeling like you have to reply to that email right away or those chat groups that are constantly making your phone go off can build up stress.
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Constant pop up notifications on your phone can also be really distracting when you are trying to concentrate on a task at hand. Lunch with friends, reading a book, focusing on a project; this can all be easier without interruptions from your phone and you may find you get things done faster. I use an app called ‘Tide’ to help me keep focused and not side-tracked while I am working.
Sleep Better at Night
Even if you can’t go offline for a whole day, it’s definitely worth staying away from your devices a few hours before bedtime, to really get some quality zzz’s. Studies have shown that the blue light, which comes from our phones and other electronic devices, affects the levels of sleep-inducing hormone melatonin which throws off your body’s biological clock. This makes it harder for you to wind down and fall asleep.
Before I snuggle up in my bed, and press the ‘play’ button, I prepare my bed and myself with some must-haves I have lying on my night table: Sweet Dreams Pillow Mist and Sweet Dreams Roller ball by @tisseranduk, handcream by @champneysspas and ‘Rewined’ scented candle by @rewined_europe.
Disconnect To Reconnect
Disconnect from your device and spend that time to reconnect with your family and friends. Spending some quality time with those you love, reconnecting with your surroundings or having some quality down time to yourself can all really help to re energise you. Reconnect with things that make you happy and nurture those important relationships.
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Remember: you have more time than you think
No matter how busy you feel, chances are you have more time than you think. Life has a tendency to expand to fit how much time we have available for it—that’s why that curious phenomenon exists where, no matter how busy you are, as soon as the new season of House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black drops, you miraculously find time to watch the entire season in just a few days. You have the time—you probably just spend it on other things.
Make it a habit
Forming new habits is my favorite way to level up to become more productive automatically. When you read each day at the same time and place, you ritualise the practice and over time you’ll automatically level up to enjoy your day that much more.
An online cartridge company, https://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/ has looked at the trend of “digital detoxing”, and discovered that 65% of people have admitted that they need time away from the internet. Cartridge Save asked a number of bloggers who enjoy taking time off from their constantly connected lifestyle and writing a journal by hand what it is that they find appealing about it:
Journalling allows me to connect pen with paper; it is tangible. I can feel what I am writing and commit to in a way I just don’t when I type. It gives me space to pause…I often type mindlessly. Journalling is less easy to erase and I am not distracted by social media, just totally focussed on what I am doing. It is purposeful.
– Becky Goddard-Hill, A Beautiful Space
I find myself online now more than ever, so keeping a journal has become a great release for me and an essential part of my week…it’s become a wonderful creative outlet enabling me to express myself, exploring who I am, and who I want to be.
– Thea Price, Thea’s Thinkings
I love the fact that you can use the journal for everything – ideas, inspirations, brainstorming blog posts, and obviously as a weekly planner so everything is one convenient place. I find it so much more useful than saving ideas to my phone and then not being able to remember where!
– Victoria Davies, Snappable Musings
Could you disconnect for one day? Have you already done a digital detox day and how did you find it?