Here are two facts:
- Technology is omnipresent in our lives 💻
- Mental health issues are on the rise 📈
A number of studies suggest that these facts might be linked, and that our ever-increasing dependency on our devices can have a negative impact on our mental health, and may be linked to depression, loneliness, sleeping problems, anxiety, and low self esteem.
If you were born in the mid to late 90s or early 2010s, you’re part of the first generation to grow up immersed fully in technology. It might be hard to imagine your parents or even older siblings growing up without smartphones, laptops, or tablets - but there was a life before screens, and some aspects were pretty neat!
Why should you try a digital detox?
- You’ll sleep better! The bright light from phone and computer screens has been shown to interfere with our circadian rhythms.
- You’ll be more focused. With less distractions, you can dedicate yourself fully to one task at a time.
- You’ll feel more zen. Constant notifications, calls, text messages, and emails can raise your stress levels.
- You’ll reconnect with your loved ones. Focus on spending quality time with friends and family in real life, rather than through a screen.
- Less FOMO. Seeing what everyone is up to at all times isn’t necessary - in fact, it’s shown to reduce confidence and happiness. Focus on yourself!
Tips & Tricks
- Prioritise. Which device takes up most of your time - is it your smartphone, your laptop, your gaming console? Reduce your usage one device at a time.
- Turn off push notifications - they can be extremely distracting.
- Start with baby-steps. Set specific detox hours, for instance no screens from 6pm onwards, or no screens during meals.
- Eat in peace! You’ll enjoy the flavours of your meal more, and you’ll be more in tune with your body’s hunger and satiety signals.
- Look at which apps you use most, and delete or block them for a specific amount of time.
- Do it with a friend, or if you’re home for the holidays, challenge a sibling to a detox.
- Pick up a new hobby, like drawing or knitting. Use your newfound free-time to nurture your creative side!
- Buy an old-school alarm clock to keep your phone out of your room at night.
- Start a journal to keep track of your thoughts and feelings.
The content on this site is for informational or educational purposes only, and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals