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If you are constantly on your smartphone, it might be time to take a break. Here are Staiy’s 5 tips to digital detox!

Words By Jen McDonald


Are you constantly on your smartphone and find it difficult to put it down? Don’t worry if the answer is yes! In the modern world, technology is all around us. There is no denying that us human beings rely on it day and night. Most of us are kitted out with the latest technology. We have smartphones, sat navs to direct us from A to B and even apps to pay for our shopping. Technology makes our lives easier, it allows us to keep in touch with loved ones all over the world. Yet sometimes, technology can take its toll and spiral out of control, leading to a digital addiction!

If you find yourself scrolling on Instagram late at night and liking posts, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. In fact, according to a study from Datareportal, “The number of social media users around the world grew by 521 million in the past 12 months”.

There is no denying that most people rely on technology. So, if you are in desperate need of a digital detox, then taking a break from technology for a period is a good idea. It will work wonders for your mental health and wellbeing. If you find yourself stressed out and glued to your phone 24/7, chances are you do need this digital detox. Yes, it’s time to take some screen time out! Shut down your computer, turn off your phone notifications and chill out. You might find that it will improve your sleep and concentration, reduce stress, increase happiness, and consequently, help with your mental health. 

If a digital detox seems beneficial to you, then why not put these 5 tips to the test!

1. You set the boundaries!

With most people working remotely now, it might be hard to get away from your work laptop or phone. However, setting technology-free hours everyday can significantly help. Take an hour out at lunch for your own self-care time to digitally detox. Rather than waste time on social media, make yourself a nice lunch or go for a walk to relax and unwind. This is a great way of gradually weaning yourself off your phone. Believe us when we say this, you will come back feeling revived and you won’t even miss your mobile.

2. Schedule real phone calls!

It’s so easy to rely on your phone to text your friends and family, especially in the middle of this pandemic. However, moving away from these habits and interacting with them over a one-to-one phone call is much more important. Hearing your loved one’s voice is much more natural than a text message. It is much more rewarding to schedule a chat to catch up over voice call or facetime! I know we are digitally detoxing but it will stop you from texting other people at the same time, giving your full attention to your loved one, whilst steering yourself away from your bad multitasking phone habits!

3. Turn off notifications!

If you are highly addicted to clicking ‘like’ on your social media accounts or answering every email that comes in your inbox, then taking the leap to turn off your notifications on apps might be the way forward for you. It will allow you to take back control of your time and your attention. So, take advantage of your phone’s apps and features. You can turn off your notifications for certain apps or turn off your phone entirely for a while. This will allow you to have time for yourself and choose when you communicate to others, rather than your smartphone dictating to you.

4. Use your time wisely!

Most of the time if we are bored, we scroll on social media and look for something to entertain us. Yet instead of scrolling to the easiest option, why not use your time wisely? You could devote time to learning a new recipe, reading a book or finding a new hobby. If you have some free time then the best thing to do is activities you enjoy which will deter you from reaching from your phone. Why not set yourself a goal of tackling one new thing per week? Guaranteed you will feel more productive and happier. In fact, If truth be told, we can feel more tired looking at our phones every minute of the day. This can affect our sleeping pattern and our concentration the next day. 

5. Get your friends and family to join!

If you have a problem, doesn’t it always feel better to talk to someone else? Well, the same goes with a digital addiction. If you find yourself on your phone far too often then why not tell your friends and family? Chances are they have the same problem and will be up for a collective challenge to digital detox. You can motivate each other, challenge each other and at least you know they won’t be texting you! Going through a digital detox may help you establish a healthier, less stressful work-life balance. What are you waiting for?… Give it a go and see if it works for you!