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Don’t get me wrong, i love the tech advances that we enjoy in our lives today BUT I do consider it a privilege to have experienced life without them too. For those of you who grew up in a time before the internet and smartphones sat at the heart of our everyday lives, you know what i mean. Didn’t life seem a bit quieter, simpler or am I just getting more nostalgic with age?
Remembering that time though, does make it easier to see the less positive changes that it’s created; the endless hours mindlessly scrolling, the inability to focus without needing to check our phones and the impact on face to face conversations. Now, I don’t know the data here but I know what i see when I walk down the street (don’t you love to people watch? I find it
My point is simply that we need to find a little balance, time when our devices aren’t in control or pulling our attention away from the present moment. But, they are all quite habit forming and it’s normal to feel a little resistance to taking a break from them.
So, here’s how a digital detox can improve your life and when you’re ready to get started there’s a few helpful tips further down...
Looking up from your screen gives you the opportunity to reconnect to yourself, the people that you love and the world around you. It helps to keep you grounded in reality and makes you much more grateful for what you have rather than worrying about what you don’t!
TO BECOME MORE MINDFUL
How many times do you reach for your phone while waiting for something? Sat in a doctor’s waiting room, boiling the kettle, standing in a queue or waiting for the kids to finish school? These are all small pauses in your day that could be used to connect to the present moment. Click here for 10 simple ways to Stay Mindful Throughout Your Day.
TO REDUCE ANXIETY
It’s no secret that many studies have shown that social media can have a negative impact on our mental health. The impact can be far reaching but I’ve personally found that it encourage us to compare ourselves to others much more often and that creates anxiety. I’m sure that we’ve all felt at some point; that feeling that we come up short, we’re not smart enough, pretty enough or even wealthy enough. It’s hard to remember that you’re seeing highlight reels and that behind the scenes is rarely as wonderful as it looks.
TO INCREASE SELF CARE
Not having enough time is the biggest reason why most of us scrimp on our self care. But, if we could spend a little less time in front of our screens I’m sure they’d be at least an extra 15-30 minutes for improving our wellbeing; to go for a walk, meditate, enjoy your favourite yoga flow or create a healthy, delicious meal.
TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL HEALTH
Swap scrolling for walking and you’ll be amazed at the difference. Your lunch break is a great time to fit this in and so leave your phone in your desk drawer and get outside for a while - not only does walking improve our health but it also makes us feel happier and it’s free!
TIPS FOR STARTING A DIGITAL DETOX
I hope that’s inspired you to at least think about taking a digital detox. Try it next time you go out with loved ones or this weekend while you enjoy time at home - you’ll love how much calmer it makes you feel.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.