Consumed by the need to constantly check your phone, and react to all the dings, pop-ups and chatter that comes with having one? If you answered yes, it could be time for a digital detox.
What Is a Digital Detox?
Going on a digital detox means you’re taking a hiatus from electronic devices or certain media — it could last anywhere from a few hours to several months. But it’s not an all-or-nothing approach: You’re only detaching from whatever it is that keeps your attention and affects your focus.
The Benefits of a Digital Detox.
Unplugging can help you take charge of your time and what you’re giving it to. You’ll spend less energy focusing on notifications and more time doing the things you love. Cutting down on your technology use can even enhance your sleep and reduce stress levels.
How to Start a Digital Detox.
Determine whether you’d like to eliminate an activity altogether or just cut back on it. Be sure to tell your friends and family so they know there’s a reason why you may not be answering their calls or responding to their messages. See below for suggestions to keep your electronic urges at bay.
If you’re starting to feel too attached to your phone or any of your devices, maybe going on a detox for a week or so isn’t a bad idea. But before disconnecting and unplugging from the world, be sure it makes sense for you. Detoxing during work hours when you’re needed throughout the day probably wouldn’t serve you best; maybe shoot for a few hours after work each day. Once your detox is over, assess how the absence of certain devices affected you and whether you could turn your temporary detox into a more long-term habit. Improved sleep quality, increased concentration and decreased anxiety are only a few of the benefits attached to digital detoxing. Not only is it good for your mental well-being, it’s also good for the planet. By taking a few days off from charging your devices, you’ll save energy which helps shrink your carbon footprint. Whether you decide to detox periodically or go with a more frequent approach, be sure to reduce the carbon impact of your devices by keeping them powered with 100% clean renewable energy. Consider it a win-win to do both: unplug when you need to and recharge with clean electricity.
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