You’ve all heard of the different types of detox; Food detox, skin detox …etc. But have you heard of a digital detox?
Digital detox means taking a break from everything digital for a while. I know I sound a little extreme, but hear me out. We’re all guilty of ignoring people and situations because we’re so focused on our screens (phones, laptops, iPads…). Being a blogger, I feel the need to stay on top of my social media game 24/7. It’s unrealistic, and without noticing, it took a toll on me.
I became too anxious about always checking my phone, replying to comments and emails, liking and posting pictures. It was just too much! My mood started changing and honestly, I became a different person. A person who’s always anxious overwhelmed and absolutely taken over by social media. It was time for a change.
So one night, out of the blue, I decided to leave my phone at home while enjoying dinner with R. He was shocked but pleased to have my full attention for once. It was a welcome relief for the both of us!
It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time (although if you can do it for a stretch I salute you!), but a few hours a day is a good start. Leave your phone, your laptop, turn off all screens and just enjoy it. Enjoy time with your partner, friends, family, pets or even some alone time.
With never-ending social media outlets popping up left and right, it’s easy to get consumed by it. For your own’s sake and mental health, I encourage you to take an hour off from everything digital today. Eventually making a daily or even a weekly habit will help reduce your stress levels. I guarantee it!
So go ahead and start your digital detox!