Digital detoxes. They’re scary, thrilling and in some cases life changing. Here is why everyone should consider doing one.
According to Google:
a digital detox is a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
Alot of my life is online and given the way my job is I’m constantly on a phone/computer/laptop so I rarely switch off. It came to a few months ago that I decided I needed to take a step back and focus on me. Why? Because the internet is a funny thing. When you spend so much time engrossed in web pages it’s hard to tell where reality stops and the internet starts. You end up caring about things that really don’t matter because you’re so far into the things you read and see on the screen. I love the internet. It’s such an incredible tool for connecting, sharing and learning however I feel as though we’re still learning about the how it affects us mentally and emotionally which is why I subconsciously took a step back.
A digital detox is a little dramatic because although I did in theory ‘detox’ I just lessened the use of my phone and computers in the evenings. I made the pact to myself that I walk out of the office between 5-6pm and I close the door. I focus on my reality TV show instead of the Instagram feed and I don’t put as much pressure on myself to be super active on all my social media accounts. There is a line for everything that has been drawn and it’s so refreshing to feel as though I’ve found my feet with the limits of using the devices. It’s meant I’m able to focus my weekends on spending time with Isaac and Simba or I don’t miss out on the funny one-liner on the TV show because I’m too engrossed in my phone.
It’s meant I’ve started appreciating the small things again.
I remember 12 months ago I couldn’t fall asleep without scrolling on my phone for at least an hour. It didn’t matter what time of night or what day it was. God it was exhausting but it was a habit I’d got myself into to help me ‘unwind’. Now once I walk into the bedroom I put my phone on the charger, set it on ‘do not disturb’ and go to sleep. The funny thing is that I actually fall asleep quicker and sleep alot better now.
As bloggers especially I think we put pressure on ourselves to grow accounts and be active on Instagram or snapchat but we never stop to realise the impact that has on our everyday lives. It’s the same with the younger generations who have always had the internet, phones and WiFi some don’t know how to function without it. Remember when you first got internet and it was dial up? Remember when you couldn’t move from your study desk because the phone line wasn’t long enough?
I feel as though I’ve reached a point where, even if it means MTA grows a little slower, I’m balanced with my life. It’s been a challenge – OF COURSE and I’m not going to pretend that it’s an easy habit to break but I think it’s important for everyone to reassess how much time you spend on the laptop, phone or in-front of the screen. Slowly but surely start setting boundaries for yourself and I promise you’ll feel so very refreshed you won’t regret it.
Have you done a digital detox?
I'm a retail manager by day and a blogger by night aiming to bring you the newest beauty, fashion and lifestyle news. More Than Adored was created to help beauty lovers, like myself, make informed decisions when it comes to buying new goodies.