When is the last time that you unplugged from all of your electronics for 24 hours?
If you answered with “never”, then this arcticle is for you.
Time magazine reported that the average mobile user checks their phone 150 times per day. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TIMES! Doesn’t that blow your mind? It did for me too, but then I realized, that person is me too. Up until last October, I had never gone without internet access for more than a few hours (max), I mean you can even buy wifi on airplanes now. I went to a wellness retreat that had no wifi and we weren’t permitted to carry any electronics with us whatsoever, for 5 days. THAT was a huge wake up call for me. I had anxiety from being disconnected, being un-reachable; I felt vulnerable and lonely – it was a bizarre feeling but it made me realize that this had to happen more often and that so many of us become a slave to our devices.
It doesn’t mean you have to go days without your phone or laptop but what if you simply designate some time each day to focus on reconnection and “me-time”.
If you find yourself obsessively checking your social media feeds, constantly hitting re-fresh on your email, having a hard time sleeping or getting anxiety being away from your phone – this might be exactly what you need.
Here are some habits that I have incorporated into my daily routine to help cultivate a healthier balance:
- I put my phone on silent as soon as I get home from my day. I still check it once and a while in the
evening, however I check it on my own schedule and not when the “chime” alerts me.
- I close my emails completely and do not allow notifications to pop up on my phone.
- I am mindful of putting my phone away when someone is talking to me.
- I will often schedule social media posts. Since I mostly use social media for business, it is completely necessary to be “connected” to your followers. Try scheduling your posts so that you are still being active without being attached.
- Give yourself one hour upon waking and one hour before bedtime, offline and device free.
- On weekends, get outside and leave your device at home.
If you do only one thing from this list, give yourself the gift of turning off notifications – it will be the greatest thing you do for yourself. It’s like deleting the downloads folder on your computer and emptying the trash. It will free up so much “mind-space” and make room for more of what matters.
Side effects of a digital detox may include:
- Greater productivity.
- Better sleep.
- Stronger relationships.
- You will be happier.
- Mental clarity.
Do you think you could do it for 24 hours? Try it and enjoy not being “on call”.