Unplugging for just one day can give some users mental and physical withdrawal symptoms;
But, it can also help us reevaluate our path, be present, strengthen our relationships and move forward with a sense of purpose and belonging.
In an era of constant technological acceleration and innovation, an over abundance of screen time, information overload, tech-driven anxiety, social media everything, internet addiction, a constant sense of FOMO (fear of missing out), selfies, and being endlessly tethered and always available, we want to challenge you to a digital detox! Think you can do it?
At Enosis, we value smiles rather than an emoticon, DIY, nature and the great outdoors, long hugs instead of texts, laughter, tears, and good eye-contact instead of Facetime. That is why almost every weekend, we ‘disconnect’.
We believe that technology should serve as a tool for keeping us connected, however understand that there is a problem if it prevents you from being present in real life.
Here are four ways to digitally detox daily:
1. Make the commitment: This is simply deciding that ‘unplugged’ time is as much as a priority habit as brushing your teeth. We recommend that this commitment be made before bed, as artificial light from our mobile screens increases alertness and suppresses the hormone melatonin by up to 22%, which negatively affects sleep, performance and mood.
2. See the benefits: More analog time means less stress and anxiety, a freer mind-space, and being more present with those you interact with daily.
3. Decide on a non-tech activity: What can you do when you’re not checking your smartphone? The choices are endless. When we unplug every weekend, we like to spend time in nature, read an actual book (hardback/paperback), or exercise.
4. Review how you feel: Take a moment to see how you feel after each activity. Do you feel more refreshed and less stressed?
Doing a digital detox daily will help keep you nourished, relaxed and more productive so you can give your best at work and life. It helps you connect with the things and people that really matter, and is vital to mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.