Ever considered a digital detox? The world is slowly opening back up and we for one are thrilled we have reasons to leave the house again and not be glued to our electronics 24/7.
So much so that we started to look into the benefits and what to expect from stepping back from our devices.
Why should I do a digital detox?
There are many reasons why a digital detox is beneficial to us. Especially as the average adult spends around 11 hours looking at a screen each day and checks their phone on average once every 10 minutes.
First of is sleep, If you’re struggling to get off to sleep at night, you’re not alone. Sleep is one of the most affected areas of our lives by technology and screens and the plethora of data at your fingertips can really keep you up at night.
Replying to emails or watching Netflix will keep your brain engaged, making it much more difficult to eventually relax. Our phones and laptops also emit a specific type of blue light, which our body associates with the sun and therefore with daytime.
Not using devices before bed can allow for the proper functioning of your body’s natural daytime and night time rhythm, making it much easier to get a good night’s sleep. By following our tips below you’ll find it that much easier to stick to a digital detox.
1. Track your digital use
A good place to start with a digital detox is to analyse and track your current usage, it may surprise you to see just how much time you spend on your phone, laptop and other devices! Once you know how much time you’re spending on your devices, it’s a good opportunity to set yourself realistic goals and targets. How much could you really cut down on your current usage?
2. Set yourself boundaries
Many modern devices offer the great ability to apply restrictions on your devices and app usage. You can use this feature to accommodate for tech-free hours, we recommend no tech usage 90-minutes before your bedtime and 30 minutes after you make up in the morning.
3. Delete the most time-consuming apps from your phone
Now you know by tracking your usage how much time each app is taking up, you could either temporarily or permanently delete these apps from your device. You may find you’ll be more productive and can focus on the things that truly matter in your life.
Many factors of a digital detox can be hugely beneficial to not only your sleep routine but also your productivity and stress levels. While we recommend a full digital detox for best results, following these tips can be very beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing.