Digital Detox

Sleeping with the phone under the pillow? Insecurity in the absence of the phone? These are symptoms of a person who is in need of a digital detox. A digital detox is a time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, utilizing this time to do what he is supposed to. Though technology has its advantages, people are now cognizant of the negative impact and know that the addiction to it is real. So how do we unplug and take a break to be tech-free, above all overcome the fear of missing out?

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  • Do not use your phone as an alarm clock
  • Do not take your phone first thing in the morning, give yourself a good half an hour to prepare for the day
  • Turn off push notifications on all apps, be it social media, dating apps or messengers
  • Set a time of the day to check the notifications, or decide to check them every two or three hours
  • Set a time limit, even if one thing leads to another, curb your temptation and keep the gadget aside after the time limit
  • Start slow, maybe no gadgets at the dinner table or
  • Assign a day off your gadgets, once a week. Maybe a Sunday when there is no workload and you are engaged with family and fun. Let people know you are offline
  • Introspect and analyze which apps or sites consume your maximum time, try to simulate the effects in real life. Like physically meeting new people with common interests and likings, maybe a walking buddy or visit an art gallery or a Zumba session
  • Keep your phone out of reach while driving
  • Make your bedroom a gadget-free zone
  • Remind yourself that social media shows only the highlights of others’ lives and is not the be all of one’s life

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Have substitutes ready to clampdown temptations

  • Have books, magazines ready for reading
  • Take a short walk when temptation sets in
  • Meet your social media friends in person
  • Spend time with family
  • Take up an outdoor activity
  • Run chores
  • Try your hand at something new like gardening
  • Play board games
  • Talk to neighbors
  • Make new friends, catch up with old ones
  • Take up new hobbies
  • Make memories instead of capturing them
  • Meditate to calm your mind and convince it that you are doing the right thing
  • Mentally repeat a mantra to deter the urge of grabbing the gadget
  • Explore places you have always wanted to
  • Focus on life issues that you have been procrastinating
  • Reward yourself if you achieve your goal of abstinence

Advantages of disconnecting

  • More empathy towards others
  • Better relationships
  • More relaxation
  • Better posture
  • Stronger personal bonds
  • Insight into the way your mind works
  • Boosted memory due to undivided attention to the present
  • Better sleep
  • Improves health saves from eye strain and a phenomenon called ‘text neck’
  • Helps get over shyness, anxiety, depression and loneliness
  • Increases attention span

Start and more importantly stick to the detox to have a life-changing and enjoyable experience. Live in the present moment for a stress-free and anxiety free life. End the slavery to technology, switch off to get back the normalcy in our lives. Experience these benefits in your daily life and eliminate the dependencies incrementally until you are in control of your lives again


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