Move over juice cleanses…it’s time to detox our minds! Digital detoxes are gaining popularity and there are a ton of great reasons why we all should do them occasionally.
When most people think of ‘detox’, they think of green juice, apple cider vinegar, water fasts, and a ton of other overhyped fads that are supposed to detox your body.
But what about detoxing your mind? Mind-body balance are KEY to overall wellness. So if your body needs to detox occasionally, your mind definitely does as well. Specifically DIGITAL detox.
We’re ALL guilty of being on our phones, computers, and screens in general way too much. But digital detoxing isn’t about smashing your phone and giving up all technology…it’s about developing a healthier relationship with your devices and giving yourself a BREAK from them periodically.
Here are my top tips for digital detox…
TURN OF NOTIFICATIONS
If you’re allowing yourself to get interrupted every time your phone pings with another Instagram like, you’re never actually focused in that time. That could mean getting distracted from work, time with family and friends, or just having your brain in a bunch of different places at once. Instead, turn off notifications so you have to consciously choose to open your phone or an app to check for updates.
MAKE MEALS A NO PHONE ZONE
How common is to see a family out to dinner - the 2 parents staring at the their phones and the kids with headphones on playing on a tablet or iPad? Clearly totally disengaged and not present with each other at all. But even if your tech usage at meals isn’t that extreme, just having your phone on the table during a meal can reduce the quality of the interaction with the people you’re dining with—our brains are just waiting for it to light up, and as a result, we are not fully present. It can also make us mindlessly eat, not feel satisfied, and not really enjoy what we’re consuming.
PICK ONE TECH-FREE DAY OF THE WEEK
Just like we get days off work, we should (and NEED) to have days off from technology. So pick a day, a weekend day is usually best, and commit to staying off your phone and computer. Instead, use to the time to be outside, have face-to-face interactions with people, journal, or anything else that feeds your nourishes your mind and body in a healthy way.
SET A BEDTIME FOR YOUR PHONE & LAPTOP
Start by designating a certain time each day that you will cease all phone and computer use. Usually this time will be close to bedtime which is great since your bedroom should be a tech-free zone. And there’s no need to use your phone as your alarm…go old school and invest in a real alarm clock to make your digital detox even easier!
PLAN A TRIP WHERE WIFI ACCESS IS LIMITED
Better yet, don’t bring your computer at all! Of course, a phone is usually necessary for travel, but once you get to your destination, put your phone on airplane mode and enjoy the experience fully. Your Twitter feed can wait!