How many hours a day do you spend looking at a screen? This means more than just your mobile phone; include your laptop, television screen, or the time you spend playing video games. When you add it all up, you’d be surprised! Leading addiction specialist and researcher, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, has found that our screen time has skyrocketed in the past decade. His studies uncovered a correlation between heavy screen time and depression, behavioral issues, increased aggression, and brain damage. Scary right?! But don’t panic, thankfully, we’ve come up with four ways to digitally detox. Get ready to relax and learn to disconnect.
For an Extreme Detox: UnplugThe most extreme way to digitally detox is to completely unplug. Yes, turn off those cell phones! Replace tech-heavy periods of your day with outdoor or fitness activities, and spend time with family and friends. After 4-6 weeks, slowly re-integrate all personal devices back into your routine. And considering your choice in botanical skin care, you are already dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle. Why wouldn’t you invest in building stronger relationships with your family and friends?
Take a VacationThis suggestion won’t take much convincing! Take a vacation to digitally detox, and you’d be surprised at how easy it is to get away from the reliance on television, mobile phones and computers. In fact, some hotels are all about “unplugging,” such as the Travaasa Hana, on Maui, which has no radio, computers or television on their property. This award winning vacation spot is right up our alley...natural, beautiful and pure.
Tech-Free Dinners and Tech-Free Periods of the DayDedicate periods of the day to tech-free periods. We’ve all heard about the importance of physically eating dinner at the table together. Make it a family policy to leave the phones and tablets in the dust! Don’t set a time limit for this goal; this is a habit that you can easily continue to practice in your everyday life.
Delete Social Media Apps From Your PhoneIf you’re a social media addict, then you spend more time looking at pictures than interacting in person. Hit the refresh button by removing social media apps from your phone, and set a goal period to live without them. Visit your friends and family in person and invest in those relationships. Dedicate periods of the day, such as dinner or lunch, to tech-free periods. Instead of taking your lunch break and heading straight to your laptop or mobile phone, spend some time visiting with your coworkers and connecting with them on a personal level. This is a habit that you can easily continue to practice in your everyday life. Or bring a book from home! You know the old-fashioned kind where you can crack the spine and turn the pages by hand. All great ways to detox while connecting and enriching your life.