The holiday season may be synonymous with joy and celebration, but it goes hand-in-hand with the stress of our digital lives too. This festive season, why not consider the gift of a digital detox? Take a break from checking emails, pause social media posts, and switch off all notifications to truly unplug and unwind. Here are 3 compelling reasons why a digital detox may be good for you, and 3 practical tips to help you switch off this holiday season.
The benefits of a digital detox
For many people, being connected and immersed in the digital world is a part of everyday life. While it often feels impossible to be completely tech-free, studies show that technology use can be linked to increased stress levels, feeling disconnected, and poor sleep quality.
Taking a break from screens, on the other hand, gives our minds a breather, frees up time to reconnect with loved ones, and basically makes us feel happier and more connected! Here’s some more on the benefits:
- Reconnect with loved ones: Our constant connectivity through smartphones and social media can be a real barrier, keeping us from those who matter most. A digital detox allows you to be fully present in the moment and engage in meaningful conversations without the distraction of notifications.
- Reduce stress and anxiety: Our constant exposure to digital devices and the ongoing influx of information can lead to heightened stress and anxiety. Taking a break from screens provides a mental reset, allowing us to escape the pressures of work emails, social media comparisons, and the relentless news cycle.
- Rediscover the joy of offline activities: Being constantly online consumes our time and leaves little room for activities that promote relaxation and creativity. Switching off offers an opportunity to rediscover our hobbies and the things that bring us joy, whether that’s reading a book, going for a run, or completing a craft project.
Tips for a successful digital detox
Whether you choose to go cold turkey and switch off entirely, or simply set aside a specific time each day to be completely tech-free, be sure to:
- Set clear boundaries. Communicate when you’ll be offline and uncontactable on your device. Let work colleagues know or anyone else who may need to get hold of you.
- Create tech-free zones. Designate certain areas in your home where devices are not allowed, such as during meals or in the bedroom.
- Plan offline activities. Organise a board game night, plan a scenic hike, or get the family together for some festive baking. Intentionally filling this time with offline interests will keep you from being tempted to check your social media or reply to emails.
Reconnect, reduce and rediscover
Why not commit to doing a digital detox this holiday season, even if it’s just for a few hours a day? Take time to reconnect with family and friends, reduce stress and anxiety levels, and rediscover the joy of offline activities, interests and hobbies that aren’t connected to your device.
Best wishes for a fabulous festive holiday from the team at Mortgage Express.
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