Thursday, 25 May 2017

How To Have A Digital Detox

How To Have A Digital Detox
If you find yourself religiously going through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat every morning like you're reading The Sunday Times, or your Netflix account is asking if you are still there 4 hours later, then you may be in need of a digital detox. Now I know you all probably sat thinking Katie, I am not ready to break-up with my phone, but unplugging and winding down away from technology is more beneficial than you actually think.

Some of you might remember I set a goal in 2016 to step away from my keyboard every evening and to put my time to better use. Since then I can honestly say I've had a much better nights sleep and I've found that I'm a lot less stressed before bed, so my little brain is able to close all those stressful tabs and totally relax. I've put together a post on simple ways to give yourself a digital detox and whats worked for me.

1. Step Away From Keyboard - As difficult as it is, detaching yourself from your laptop around 7-8pm and taking a long bath or winding down with a chamomile tea is much more beneficial. When I was at university I'd get into a habit of studying until right before bed and end up not being able to get a good night's sleep. I know it's easier said than done, but if you detach yourself from your screen you'd be surprised at how well you sleep.

2. Read In Bed - I am the worst for hopping into bed and checking all social media apps until I fall asleep, however, I've recently been getting into a routine of not going through all apps and instead picking up a book. I personally love being snuggled in bed with a good book.

3. Leave Phone At Home - If you've got plans to go to the gym, walk the dog or pop to the shops, it's worth leaving your phone at home. Your mind is a lot more open and focused on the task at hand if you know your phone isn't near you. Plus, it's nice to not always feel as though you need to check your phone when you're in the middle of doing something.

4. Delete Social Media Apps - I sometimes find social media can trigger my anxiety or change my mood, therefore it's worth deleting the apps for a couple of hours every now and then. I went through a faze of deleting my Facebook app and I can honestly say it really changed my mood, I was a lot more focused on myself. It does sound a bit extreme, but having a social media detox does more good than you think and you quickly discover you don't need to keep tab on everything viral.

5. Use Paper - Writing to do lists on our phones isn't as restorative as writing on paper, what I mean by this is keeping all your thoughts onto one device isn't healthy. I like to keep all my lists in notebooks and I find my brain isn't as distracted or tempted to do other things, whereas it is when I write them on my phone.

6. Give Yourself Deadlines - I actually learnt this technique from my therapist, but basically if you write down what you want/need to do, give yourself a time frame on that specific task. So if you want an evening watching Stranger Things on Netflix, then give yourself a time of 2 hours and stick to that. Sounds tedious, I know, but you appreciate things a lot more when you do this and have more motivation to do other things.


How do you unplug from technology??
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5 comments

  1. i often like to leave my phone in my room when spending time with my family so i can spend quality time with them instead of always being on it! thankyou for the great tips xx

    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I definitely need to start doing this because I've become addicted to a few games recently oops

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I definitely do some of these things, but I want to get better at reducing screen time before bed. I have a very bad habit of bringing my phone with me to the bath and to bed to watch YouTube videos until the moment I fall asleep! I need to start reading books and magazines in that time, instead. This post was inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

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  4. Love this!! I actually enjoy leaving my phone at home now, it feels so nice to not be glued to a screen x

    Abi | abistreetx

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  5. Love this post! I delete some of my social media from time to time as I have become addicted to my phone, its a horrible habit! I also find social media can effect my mood glad to know I'm not the only one this happens too! x

    myloveforxx.blogspot.ie

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