Don’t get me wrong I LOVE technology but in a world where screens seem to dominate every waking moment, finding mental clarity and peace can feel like chasing a fleeting dream…
That’s why I recently took a break from social media. At first, I thought I’d take a few weeks off, maybe a month but it turned into four months! And it was bliss, I had more time to read, grow my summer veggies and pick up some watercolours for the first time.
It reminded me of the power of a digital detox and how essential it is for our health which is why I wanted to share some simple tips in the hope that it encourages you to give it a try.
Why a Digital Detox Matters
You might be thinking that taking a digital detox isn’t for you and so before we dive into the tips, let me share more about how it can help. We’re all inundated with a constant barrage of emails, social media updates, and digital noise and it can take a toll on your mental health. Think of it as having a thousand tabs open in your mind, draining your energy and causing unnecessary stress. A digital detox allows you time to recharge and regain mental clarity and peace.
Now, let's get to the tips
Set Clear Boundaries
Start by defining when your digital day begins and ends. Resist the urge to check emails or social media right after waking up or before bedtime. Boundaries create breathing space and can help you reconnect with those around you.
Designate Tech-Free Zones
Create spaces in your home or office where digital devices are strictly off-limits. This can help to increase productivity at work and create a haven of undisturbed calm at home.
Unsubscribe and Unfollow
Reduce digital clutter by unsubscribing from unnecessary emails and unfollowing accounts that don't bring you joy; you know the ones! You can streamline your online world; cultivate positivity and things that bring value to your life.
Dedicate a day (or even just a few hours) each week as your "digital Sabbath." Disconnect from all screens and savour the simplicity of the analogue world. Try using this time to get outdoors, meet up with friends or start a creative project.
Start your day with mindfulness instead of scrolling through your phone. Take a few minutes to meditate, journal, or enjoy a cup of tea in quiet contemplation to help get your day off to the best start possible.
Turn Off Notifications
Disable non-essential notifications on your devices; I’d argue that’s most of them. You don't need a constant stream of alerts interrupting your thoughts and disturbing important moments of connection in the real world.
Batch Your Tasks
Instead of checking emails and messages throughout the day, designate specific times for these tasks. Batching this way enhances productivity, minimises distractions and stops you from losing an hour to just scrolling.
For me, this definitely goes in the ‘needs work’ category! But, just like a physical space, a clutter-free digital space fosters mental clarity. So try regularly decluttering your digital life by organising files, deleting unused apps, and sorting through your inbox.
In a world where digital noise can easily overwhelm us, a digital detox is your path to mental clarity and peace. Setting boundaries, creating tech-free zones, and practising mindfulness can help you reclaim control over your digital life.
Remember, a digital detox isn't about complete isolation from technology; it's about using technology consciously and purposefully. By implementing one or two of these tips, you can restore balance, reduce stress, and regain the mental clarity and peace you deserve.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.