A digital detox is when you completely cut out anything digital/tech from your life (mainly your smartphone, iPad and laptop). I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve become so addicted and reliant on my devices that they’ve become an extension of me. I love the digital world. How could I not? A huge part of my business lives within it and it’s allowed me to work for myself from the comfort of my home, in local coffee shops and around the world. But I do feel like it’s causing a lot of people to lose out on more meaningful, face-to-face interaction. And it’s really important we don’t lose that.
People are going to restaurants and scrolling through their phones rather than talking to the person on the other side of the table. People are so interested in what’s going on on Instagram that they’re opening it up when their significant other is trying to tell them about their day. I try my best never to do these things, but I have to admit I’ve been guilty of it from time to time.
If you’re feeling a little too reliant on your devices these days, here are 5 reasons to do a digital detox this weekend and how to go about it.
1. Re-connect (offline)
It feels so good to just sit and talk with your friends, family, or significant other. We’re used to always having some sort of distraction, whether it’s checking texts or emails, so it’s really important to re-connect without these things in the back of our minds and at the tip of our fingers. Although the internet and social media has helped us connect with people from all over the world, it’s also made our offline connections more complicated. Sleep in and have a lazy breakfast in bed with your S.O., go to lunch with your best friends, make dinner with your parents. It’s important we foster our offline relationships without tech getting in the way.
2. Sleep better
I’ve been going to bed later and later these days, mostly for two reasons. One: scrolling Instagram for much longer than I should. Two: Netflix. I just started season 2 of Stranger Things, so, case closed. But the longer you stare at a screen, the harder it is to fall asleep, and when you’re already going to bed late, it messes up your sleep cycle even more. When you take tech out of the equation, you can do more relaxing things before bed, like reading or meditating, making it easier for you to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest.
3. Catch up on your reading
I have so many books I want to read, and I feel like there’s so little time. A digital detox gives you more time to do the things you’ve been holding off on and want to do more of. For me, reading is one of those things. I hate to say it but lately I’ve been doing much more social media scrolling than reading, and I’m not okay with it.
4. me time is Crucial
Let’s be honest, on a regular basis, we’re caught up in other people’s lives. Whether we’re texting our friends or on social media, there’s little time for us. A digital detox forces you to take some much needed me time, whatever that may be for you. Go to a yoga class, take up a new hobby, learn a new skill, cook or bake, read, go for brunch. You can get a good amount of me time with a digital detox!
5. Develop a better relationship with your tech devices
As I mentioned before, we’ve become pretty dependant on our devices. But we don’t need to give them up entirely, we just need to develop a better relationship with them. We need to realize that we don’t need to be so accessible all the time and the world won’t end if we don’t check Instagram every hour. We need to learn to use our devices when they’re helpful and beneficial to us, rather than just to kill time.
How to do a digital detox
I get it, you can’t just completely fall of the face of the earth. Everyone is so accessible these days that if someone can’t get a hold of you that may think something bad happened. So, here’s how to do a digital detox without people (aka your mom) freaking the eff out.
1. Tell everyone close to you
Let everyone close to you know you’re going on a digital detox for the weekend – you know, the ones you text on a constant basis and the ones who need to know (you know who they are). If you want, you can also post it on your social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. That way people will know what’s going on and why they’re not hearing back from you.
2. Turn your phone and laptop off completely
Don’t put your phone on do not disturb, don’t just put it away in your drawer, turn it off completely and put it somewhere out of sight. You’re obviously going to be tempted to turn it on and look at it (we are addicted to our phones after all), but once people know you’re on a digital detox, you have more accountability and pressure on yourself to leave it alone.
3. Plan ahead
Since you won’t be connected over the weekend, make sure you make plans ahead of time. Is there someone, or a group of people, you really want to spend time with or reconnect with? Make plans with them before the weekend and let them know you’re doing a digital detox so they can’t bail or change plans because you’ll have no way of finding out. It could be a brunch date, or even just staying in to hang out and catch up over charcuterie and wine. Or maybe you want to take the weekend totally to yourself. Visit a local café and read that book you’ve been holding off on. What you do is totally up to you!
If you want to spend the weekend cooking or reading books, plan when you’ll go to the grocery store and what you want to make. You can’t look up recipes online on the weekend, so you’ll need to get everything down on paper beforehand. Plan a trip to the bookstore or order the books you want to read online before the weekend comes.
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If you’re looking to reconnect and get away from your tech devices, try a digital detox this weekend!
Have you ever done a digital detox before? Do you want to try one? Let me know in the comments below! And if you loved this post, make sure to share it on Pinterest!