Did you know that most of us spend more than half of our waking hours staring at a screen? It’s having a major impact on the way that we see the world and how we interact with each other. The Digital Detox is an international programme to get us to turn off our laptops, TVs, and phones so that we can remember what life was like in the pre-internet age.
So, what are about you? Are you spending more than half of your day starting at a screen? If that sounds familiar, it’s time to join the club! While you might love watching your favourite TV series, chatting with friends and reading the latest news, there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored!
What Is Digital Detox?
The Digital Detox movement aims to connect people with the wider world and remind them of life’s simple pleasures. Whether you are chilling on the yoga mat or laughing with friends and family around the dinner table, there is life away from the warm glow of the screen. There are tons of different official Digital Detox programmes to help you disconnect. Ultimately, you don’t really need anything though. Just close your computer (but read these tips first!).
How Can I Do a Digital Detox?
If you are social media crazy, it’s best to disconnect slowly. Rather than throwing yourself head first into a full weekend offline, take small steps. One of the best ways to get started is to introduce offline time one hour at a time.
Did you know that staring at a screen before bed interferes with your sleep? While you might feel well rested, the interruptions slowly add up. Start your digital detox by shutting down one hour before bedtime. Not only will you sleep better, you’ll suddenly find you have a lot more free time.
Make the most of that last hour before bed! Create a list of books you’d like to read. You will be surprised at how many pages you can get through in an hour a night. Rather than wasting time on Facebook, chat with family or housemates in person. Having real conversations and reading actual books will make your evenings a whole lot more memorable.
What If I Get Bored Offline?
One of the toughest things about a digital detox is that most of us have a pretty limited number of hobbies. While you might love to go swimming or head to the cinema with your friends, do you have any hobbies that you can do at home?
It’s good to have something fun that you can do anytime, anywhere. Think old school hobbies like puzzles and crafts. Try a few things and see what you like. Be creative but keep it relatively simple. Master classical oil painting if you want but also make sure you’ve got hobbies that take minimal time and supplies. Jump on the therapeutic adult colouring book trend. Try Sudoku. There are a lot of days when you’ll be too tired to run around so look for fun hobbies that you’ll always have the energy for.