How to digitally detox your life
We live in a fast-paced high tech world where we do everything on our phones and tablets. We book our holidays, we order our takeaways, we even order our groceries online! We don’t even need to leave the house anymore with stuff delivered to our door and our friends only a click away. But what happens when it all gets too much?
Time to log off and take a step back. Today’s tech is so advanced that many of us feel the pain when we have to leave it for a short time, even showing obsessive compulsive tendencies, anxiety, depression and stress.
Lets give your head and heart a break. Heres how:
Dinner for one:
Put your phone on silent, leave it across the room (eventually move it further and further out of the room). It is so rude to be sitting at the table with your family and friends and your tapping away while your phone is buzzing. Even if your friends are doing it, set the example. Don't be tempted to Instagram your food when you're in company. It’s quite insulting to think someone would rather share their meal with their followers than with you.
The evening alone:
You've had a hectic day in class or work. Now you’ve come home to homework, housework, cooking. As much fun as it may seem to continue the banter from your day online you will only get distracted from what you're supposed to do and end up stressing and staying up too late. Switch your phone to silent and check it only once in the hour. Relax and unwind and reflect on your day. If theres drama online you’ll catch up on it tomorrow gossiping with your friends. Let’s face it, that’s much more fun than sitting home alone reading it!
Rise and shine! :
Get a real alarm clock. Stop relying on your phone. At night, turn it off and leave it in another room. That way your sleeping pattern won't be interrupted. When you look at a screen before you sleep, you're going to be left overstimulated which will lead to a broken sleep. First thing in the morning do you really want to see your mate’s night out (that you weren't invited to) or some depressing news? That’s only going to set you up for a bad day.
This all starts with small steps. You’ll start to feel less dependant on your tech in know time at all. Please feel free to share with me some tips of your own for digital detoxing, I’d love to hear!