Introducing to “What is Digital Detox?”
We often take enough measures for our physical well-being. We are conscious of what we eat and drink. We exercise daily to maintain our physical fitness.
But if I ask you how much effort does show towards taking care of your mental health? Then I am sure you will have to give it a second thought.
Today I will tell you something, that will help you with your mental well-being. Have you heard of the term ‘digital detox’? it comprises of two words ‘digital’ which means electronic technology and ‘detox‘ which means to abstain from the usage of electronic devices.
Studies have shown that post covid situation, due to work from home our mobile and laptop users have hiked over the past year.
Increased media device usage due to coronavirus outbreak, worldwide as of March 2020, country wise –
These numbers are alarming for our generation.
Why do we need to practice digital detox?
After we get to know what it means. It is necessary to answer the question “Why is there a need for us to go on a digital detox”
Using mobile device and laptops over a prolonged period has its share of side effects along with it. Side effects of using mobile phone includes-
- Risk of cancer
- Using a mobile device for a long affects the nervous system which may lead to headaches, decrease attention, shortness of temper, sleep deprivation, and so on.
Also an important part of the internet today is social media, and studies have shown that using social media at a younger age causes issues like – worsen sleep patterns and higher levels of anxiety and depression.
Hence it is necessary to take time off these electronic devices from time to time, to maintain our sanity and to decrease the stress caused by social media consumption.
Few alarming facts about digital detox,
Studies have shown –
- More than 3/4 the of American families are committed to taking part in digital detox after lockdown
- During the lockdown, Australia’s broadband saw a hike of 70-80% in screen time usage.
- An average user logs 2.15 hours a day on social media.
- And checks their phones every 12 minutes
- Growing dependence shows that 34% of people have checked Facebook in the last 10 minutes.
These numbers are disturbing, and it’s high time we take steps to help us lead a healthier lifestyle.
How can digital detox help in improving our mental well-being
By refraining from using digital devices, at least temporarily, people can let go of the stress that stems from constant connectivity.
Positive impact of Digital Detox
- More free time
- Better sleep quality
- Increased concertation
- Decreased Anxiety
- Improvement in awareness and so on.
Often social media robs people’s happiness, as there is a constant comparison with others. Rather than focusing on oneself, it deviates from being jealous of other people’s achievements and accomplishments. This indeed is a very unhealthy practice for one’s happiness. Hence a digital detox can help them being grounded and grateful.
People are losing the touch of living in the real world, as they are constantly texting, emailing, or calling. Looking around and appreciating nature is very important for one’s mental well-being.
So finally the question arises, “How can we practically implement digital detox in our daily lives?”
- First of all, you should try with a small interval of time in the beginning. Starting with small intervals like a break of 10 mins every 2 hours is a great way to begin this journey.
- Remember do not try to force yourself, try to go with the flow instead.
- Delete, unfollow and unsubscribe to anything or anyone who doesn’t add positive meaning to your life.
- Another important point is that you should not use our electronic devices when you wake in the morning.
- Focus on self-care routines like meditation and exercise. Use your phone after 1 hour of waking up.
- It is advisable to keep your phones away from the bedroom while you sleep at night. This will help you sleep well and wake you up feeling refreshed.
- Choose a real-life experience rather than a virtual one. For example, instead of reading books online, try to read books from the library. Reading books online creates a lot of stress to the eyes and it is not advisable.
- Meet people face to face more often than facetime or video calling. Physical presence is much beneficial than virtual presence.
- Set your boundaries, especially during holidays try to stay away from the devices unless it’s urgent. Try spending more quality time with family and friends instead.
- With the time you save, dedicate it towards your mental well-being like – meditate, read good books, go out in nature, and so on.
Here’s some food for thought –
Our mental health comes down to how we feel…Do what makes you feel good!
So what did you do for your mental well-being today? Take small steps Today and see great results!