Wondering about the benefits of a digital detox? There are a lot of healthy reasons to set boundaries between yourself and the gadgets in your life!
Phones, tablets, laptops, PCs, the TV — even Alexa! If you’re an average person, your life revolves around digital technology, right? Barely a minute goes by that notifications aren’t pinging or you aren’t immersed in scrolling through socials, watching a show, or doing something else with one of the many cool bits of tech in your life.
So how much time is the average person spending in the digital world? Here are a couple of stats:
And that’s why it’s time to take a break! Maybe even try a digital detox challenge. While we’re not exactly melting our brains with all this digital consumption, it can have some big effects on our minds and bodies. At the least, all that sedentary time can lead to a decline in physical fitness. It also increases stress in a lot of people — and social media, in particular, is known to exacerbate self-esteem and self-image issues.
In the worst case? Depression, anxiety, poor sleep patterns — even digital addiction, all of which can lead to problems at work and in your social life.
So let’s do it! If you want to make a change, we’ll show you what a digital detox is, how you can do it, and the benefits you’ll get from it!
Before you lock up your phone and shut off the TV, you want to know the benefits, right? There are several:
If the idea of giving up your phone causes your stress levels to rise, don’t worry! Digital detox means finding ways to take breaks from the digital world. It doesn’t mean that you have to go dark for days or weeks on end — although you can, if a full-on digital fast sounds refreshing to you!
The best way to go about digital detoxing is to think about behaviors you’d like to change — then make goals to change them. Too much time plopped in front of the TV? Make going for walks a part of your detox. Trouble sleeping because you’re too busy scrolling? Make a rule to put your phone down a certain amount of time before bedtime. If social media is the issue, place time limits on time spent browsing — or delete the apps from your phone so that you can only browse social media on specific devices.
That’s all it takes — and here are some tips and tricks to get you started:
Don’t forget to save money on things to do when you’re not doing digital things!
Looking for books, hobby supplies, or the right ingredients to try a great new recipe? These are all great ways to spend time away from the digital world—and you can find discounts and deals on them in your weekly Save mailer!