It’s a new year. So, while good “physical” health habits are top of mind (and on your to-do list), why not incorporate some positive “mental” health habits, such as digital-detox.
Click the photos below to learn how to digital detox, and why it can be good for you.
Put your digital items away
to boost positive digital habits
If you’re not expecting any “critical” communications when you get home from work, start putting your phone and other digital items out of your reach. Home time should be focused on just that—your home life. We spend nearly 12 hours a day on digital items at work and while commuting. Adopt a new and sustainable healthy brain habit—use the last few hours of each day relaxing your brain by doing non-digital things. And, boost your interaction with people that physically surround you.
Stop stressful behaviors
Life is stressful. Why add more stress to your daily life through an inanimate object? Checking social media sites, shopping, or researching vacations sounds like fun, but too much of it could leave you feeling stressed (if you don’t find what you need right away), in physical pain, and in definite need of a digital detox. One study from the American Psychological Association found that nearly one fifth of people say technology is a source of stress. Then there are the potential physical effects of being “always on,” from neck pain (and wrinkles) to elevated blood pressure.
Improve your attention span
and practice patience
Research shows that the average American’s attention span has dropped over the past decade, from 12 seconds to a mere eight—shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. How can we counter this? One simple step could be changing where you read. For example, read a physical magazine, newspaper, journal, or a book instead of reading on your phone. Let your eyes rest, and practice patience by taking the time to read—not just scan—all the words on a printed page. Simple steps include grabbing the free newspaper in the subway or checking out magazines at the free library.
Deter feelings of depression, jealousy,
anxiety, and other negative feelings
Do you ever feel that your life is not as “good” as someone else’s? Too much social media (and surfing the Internet) can actually leave us feeling bad about ourselves. While seeing the behaviors of others may give us a short-term boost, but they actually can make us feel bad about our daily lives. Sure, it’s great to catch up with friends and family on Facebook, or to check Instagram for our favorite movie star’s pictures, but if seeing their vacations or new pair of shoes is making you feel depressed, or even jealous, it’s time for a digital detox check.
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“Your Totally Manageable, 10-Step Guide to Doing a Digital Detox,” Health.com. Accessed January 21, 2020.
“Digital Detox,” American Academy of Ophthalmology. Accessed January 21, 2020.