Chances are, if you’re reading this you may need a digital detox. Don’t get me wrong, we love that you’re reading this! However for all of us (ahem), that LOVE the online world, which let’s face it, is most people these days, need to take a little digital detox from time to time.
Answer these 5 questions for me:
- Do you look at your phone first thing in the morning ?
- Do you look at your phone last thing at night ?
- Do you ever go through a day without being on a phone, computer, or mobile device?
- Does your partner ever complain about how much you’re on your phone?
- Does it kill you to go to an event, meeting or appointment where you can’t check your phone?
If you answered yes to at least 3 of these questions, you definitely need a digital detox
Most people these days are constantly wired to electronics. It’s the nature of Western society now. So unless you’re living under a rock, in which case you wouldn’t be reading this, you probably need a digital detox. So what to do, what to do?? How can we survive without being connected 24/7? Well, don’t panic I’m not going to ask you to do the 30 day challenge, however you could if you wanted. But I do suggest at least, small breaks on a regular basis.
Having a digital detox brings us back to the present, and helps us reconnect with ourselves and others – our friends, partners and children. This can result in a happier mood and happier family. People, particularly children tend to act out if they feel they don’t have our attention. Having a digital detox can also relieve stress and help us sleep better. Having this constant stream of information, messages, emails, notifications and noises is a lot for us to take in.
We can become calmer, happier, more creative, productive and intuitive if we allow ourselves to get back to our natural intelligent state.
So as hard as it may seem, it is not only beneficial but enjoyable to disconnect from digital for a while.
If you’re willing, here is your mini digital detox plan:
- Stay of all electronics for at least an hour before bed.
- Choose a day/days where you have a no electronics rule in your house between 5-8pm.
- Depending on your job, designate certain times of the day where you allow yourself to check your email, and respond to emails.
- Have at least a 5 minute break from your phone and computer every hour.
- If you’re brave, try to have a no electronics weekend or day every week. Or if that seems out of the question, you could try one day per month.
Let us know how you go and take note of any positive changes you experience.
Good luck and enjoy !
The Mindful Mentor