The importance of a Digital Detox

The use of social media has enriched our lives in many ways if used correctly and moderately. Can encourage you to stay connected with family, friends and can also contribute to your happiness, education, self-esteem, self-confidence, and prevent loneliness. On the contrary, there is a toxic and addictive side of the heavy use of social media. This is exactly why more people are looking into the idea of a digital detox. A digital detox is a great thing to do for ourselves, even if it’s only for a day or a few hours.

Why should you go on a digital detox?

If the thought of being without social media for even an hour bothers you, you need a break from the internet right now. We need to give ourselves a break from our screens and distractions.

Heavy use of social media can cause depression/anxiety. If you already struggle with mental health, social media can affect your mood negatively. Because you fear that people might be having fun without you and you see all this “perfect” version of people’s lives and we tend to compare our life with what we see on social media.  Also, can cause you poor sleeping patterns. And nobody wants that.

How to do it?

  • Start slow. Start by staying offline for an hour, then 2 hours…and if you succeed in doing that take a whole day off of social media.
  • Choose the extent you want to do this.
  • The reason why.
  • If you want to stay away from all your devices.
  • Know what you’re going to do during your detox time whether it’s planning out your day, writing in a journal, working out, reading, painting. It’s much easier to fill the time when you have something to do.

Digital detox ideas:

  • Have breakfast without any technology.
  • Turn off your notifications
  • Log out from all your social media accounts or delete your social media apps for the day
  • Set an alarm for the end of the day when it’s “detox time.”.
  • Stay away from your phone an hour before and after sleep.
  • Schedule 1 hour after you come home from work to settle down.
  • Schedule time to go through Instagram or your email.
  • Get a real alarm clock and put your phone somewhere other than next to your bed.

The benefits of a digital detox

  • More time for hobbies and yourself
  • Time to grow and learn new skills
  • Develop our character strengths
  • Better connections with other people
  • You’ll feel calmer and more relaxed
  • You can be more productive and more efficient
  • Helps you rest easier
  • You can be more creative

Digital detox days can be very simple. And it’s so important to take a break from all these stimulating devices. Let me know if you’d like to do a digital detox and what you’d do on a day like that!

See you in the next post 😊

18 Replies to “The importance of a Digital Detox”

  1. I can’t wait! My dad should really do this! He is always SO stressed about something political, but where do he find stuff to get all angry? Social media! I can’t wait to try this! Keep up the good work!

    1. Sometimes we really have to disconnect from social media to control our emotions/stress.
      Thanks for reading it! 😊

  2. Hi.. I have already experienced the overuse of social medias negative jotting it down,u have made it so clear in words.m so glad I read this.n I still need to learn the digital detox.the addiction is really bad n affects ur personal life in many ways.
    Thanx…have a great day!!

    1. Yes, social media can be really toxic sometimes, so we must try to do a digital detox sometimes. It’s so good for our mental health! Give a try to some of the ideas I’ve mentioned 😊
      Have a great day too 😊

  3. I was once addicted to facebook before so I deactivated my existing account and created a new one. A new account without friends. lol. Just following pages and joining groups about gardening, travels and other things about productivity and self improvement. It feels so much better than browsing ur feed just seeing other peoples lives. lol

    1. Proud of yourself!! It’s such a genius idea!
      Sometimes we feel overwhelmed seeing all the posts from peoples lives

    2. I’m doing this starting today. Been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately and a couple of weeks off social media can help. Thanks for the guide 😃

  4. As much as we consume the digital content our productivity and creativity is loosing..the post is so much useful..
    Thank u..!!!

    1. Yes! It’s so important to use it moderately.
      Thanks for reading it 😊

  5. I always feel calmer, more at peace, less stressed when I have time away from my phone and tv. Thank you for putting this in perspective.

    1. This is so true, detox days are soo liberating!
      Thanks for reading it 😊

      1. I agree that Digital detox is really mandate because this social media has created a social distancing within a family and people started to give more importance to the digital world than their inner world.
        If digital detox is not done I believe next generation will not be able to live without digital gadgets in their life. They will be handicapped without digital gadgets for even doing their basic day to day routines in their life.

  6. OLIVER EMITEKHO says: Reply


    1. Thanks! 😊

  7. Lovely to have this reminder at this moment. I am currently having a busy life with this digital stuff due to my work. I should leave it away and start my day. thank you. And have a happy day everyone 🙂

  8. I have done the same as Zed did 🥰
    Over 4 years ago l diactivated my Facebook account and created a new one with zero friends. That is one of the best things l did!
    On whatssap l have many beneficial groups (many!) it’s constantly buzzing, so as you suggested l will start my ditox from whatssap now. The way lll do this is by rurning off my phone completely for a certain times, otherwise l might be tempted to check it 🤔
    Thank you for your benefitial post 😉👍

  9. Wouldn’t it be so nice if the workplace honored this?! “Sorry, I can’t come in today, I’m doing a digital detox.” Lol, depending on if you actually work with digital devices . I got so tired of facebook about 8 years ago. It just seemed so monotonous or too drama filled, there was no happy medium. I was tired of seeing updates of every move of some people’s days. You know those people who would post 10 updates a minute?! It was so annoying! Then the people that take pictures of every single meal they had, every single day. It’s like okay Chad we get that you went to the gym, then ran 3 mils, then did 1,000 sit ups, made a protein shake , then showered and ate a steak. You post this everyday! I deactivated my account 8 years ago. I didn’t do the full delete just because I wanted my pictures from there. I tried to do the Facebook download for them several times but it didn’t work. The only times I have ever signed back in are to grab some photos or if something major happened ( a couple deaths ) and it was only to keep people updated if the info and deactivated again. I remember at first it was kind of hard. When I was bored, I’d find myself going to the website because I deleted the app and didn’t want to cave into redownloading it, but over a few weeks it was out of sight out of mind. It’s interesting how it does affect your brain, it’d like you don’t want to go look at Facebook but you’re so used to it that when you’re bored or something you just kind of subconsciously click on social media apps, even if you just exited out of them. I never think about facebook anymore, it has been amazing!! P. S. Sorry for such a long post, just started rambling on!

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