Why complete a digital detox, and how to prepare for it properly

When you think of having a digital detox, you might be looking forward to the quiet and perhaps more mental space. But there are many more benefits, and some that you may not have thought of.

There is absolutely no doubt that tech has impacted our sleep, and will continue to do so in the future.

 
 

But I don’t believe that technology itself is a bad thing – it’s our behaviour with tech that has become potentially negative.

 
 
 
 

Technology use and your physical wellbeing

Tech has definitely started the process of extending our days; be that the ability to take extra work home with us, or simply reading our social media notifications late at night, making it harder to switch off and go to sleep on time.

But there is so much more to tech’s impact on us physically than the above. Using handheld devices, phones in particular, mean we are reading something tiny that we hold right in front of us. This affects the small muscles of the eye, as well as our posture.

Then there is the way we typically hunch over our laptops. Factor this all in and it’s easy to see where our aches, pains and headaches come from.

 
 

Technology use and your emotional wellbeing

Your emotions are important to consider when preparing for a digital detox. We tend to get emotionally attached to our possessions, especially our phones these days as they represent so many things to us.

So when we consider the involvement of tech in our social lives, of course then detoxing from that will have an emotional impact. You may feel a sense of withdrawl, so it is important to be emotionally prepared for that.

 
 

Technology use and your mental wellbeing

One of the first things I see with clients is how the constant distractions of tech affects concentration. When we can’t stay focused on a task because of our attention being snapped away, that places a huge amount of strain on us – it saps our mental energy.

While it’s great to take a break from this and really focus, do keep in mind that you might miss out on contact with your friends.

Before the tech we have now, it was typical to have a small group of close friends that we knew really well. Today, this is replaced with more online friendships, but often with social media we only see a portion of their lives, not the full picture.

These are all things to keep in mind when planning for a digital detox, and it’s wise to think about what you would like to use your time for instead, remembering to keep work balanced with social time and down time.

Next week, I will be getting more into the ‘hows’ of digitally detoxing, so come back soon for the next step.

 
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