WHY EVERYONE SHOULD DO A DIGITAL DETOX

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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?


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15 Comments

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    I like to digitally detox whilst on holidays because then I’ve got a good excuse NOT to touch the internet in general. I did that whilst on a cruise recently & it totally worked – I came back feeling relaxed & less stressed than I was beforehand. I know we all post our holiday snaps on social media to make everyone envious (if you don’t, then you’re in denial!), but I don’t see the point of a holiday if you can’t put your phone down & take in what’s happening around you. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but it is possible to live without the internet, at least for a little while.

    I also make a habit of not touching the computer/internet for at least 1 day a week. Some weeks work better than others, but it’s not a hard & fast rule.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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    I have a bad habit of “winding down” by keeping extremely up to date with all my social media channels. SO SILLY, I know. I am getting better and making more conscious decision to disconnect but my main goal is to do a proper digital detox over the weekend. (At the moment, I will probably have a meltdown for being disconnected for such a long period of time!)

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      I haven’t managed a whole weekend yet but I just consciously try not to be on it too much. Our Bali holiday will be a true test!

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    Like Shell below, this is what I do during holidays too. It really helps me de-stress and when I get back home, I’m even reluctant to get on the computer because I know going through the emails alone is going to stress me out. I get less headaches during my digital detoxes, too. More fresh air, more exercise… I think it’s just healthier all round.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    Completely agree with this post and I’ve also taken a step back and just find myself being less stressed and pressured and to let things happen organically! Being on social media so much really get’s to me and just makes me exhausted sometimes! :( I think it’s better to take a step back and keep a good life/online balance x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + Giveaway

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    I haven’t done one but it’s something that has been on my mind for a long time! With studying, work and the like it can be so hard to part from your phone completely, but I really want to start limiting my usage around bed time.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    While I haven’t intentionally done a detox I basically just got too busy in real life to spend much time on Instagram and Twitter, etc. In fact these days I hardly check either anymore and while that’s not ideal because I do really enjoy interacting with people through both of those channels I never wanted to be that one friend who is ALWAYS on their phone and hardly pays attention to what’s going on around them.

    Of course it means I don’t have much of a presence as a blogger and especially on Instagram I do miss that, but I’ve never really been the type of blogger/person to plan content ahead of time and if I don’t have anything to take a photo of or any time to think about something to post then I don’t post anything, so as a result it’s really fallen by the wayside. I’d like to get back into them a bit more, but honestly it does feel great to not feel like I have a responsibility to scroll all the way back through my feed to get to where I last checked in so I don’t miss anything, or to make sure I do it first thing in the morning so it doesn’t get too big by lunchtime, etc. I’m probably too far away from a happy medium, but I’m sure there is one.

    Jessica – littlehenrylee.net

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      It’s refreshing to hear from someone who is like that though and especially when they’re a blogger! Good on you xx

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    What a great idea. I have noticed you being a little quiet over on the social media front, so now I know why! I always put my phone on do not disturb before bed, and never scroll through before falling asleep. I used to do this as well but found since switching off, I do have a better sleep also. I definitely need to cut down during the day, and I do believe that you’re right in that the pressures of being a 24/7 blogger can be very daunting! xx

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