Get Socially Sober with a Digital Detox
Posted On May 26, 2016
Is your phone the first thing you look at in the morning? Do you find yourself scrolling through Instagram every couple of hours? Do you spend more than 5 minutes trying to craft the perfect tweet or caption? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are the perfect candidate for a digital detox.
In a world full of likes, shares, tweets, and public everything, nothing is left hidden. Sometimes we just need a break from it all. Cue the digital detox! A digital detox is a period of time during which a person refrains from using social media as an opportunity to reduce stress and focus on interaction in the physical world.
For 24 hours can you completely unplug from the digital world? Here is your complete digital detox guide and tips to help you get through when you are really itching for your fix.
Ease Into it
Quitting social media cold turkey is admirable, but most people need a little transition time to really make it stick. First things first, delete the social apps on your phone – this will stop the constant notifications you receive throughout the day. After that, you can start setting your phone to airplane mode throughout the day. Start with 30 minutes, move on to an hour, and before you know it you will go the entire work day without stopping once to look at your phone/Facebook feed. Now you are ready to go off the grid.
Go to Places Where You Can’t Use Your Phone
It’s the first day of your digital detox. If you find yourself with ample time on your hands and you can feel yourself getting antsy, spend your time doing things where being on your phone is frowned upon. For example, Yoga, group mediations, the local pool, the movie theater. All of these can immerse you into the actual activity so that you are not thinking about what is happening on your phone or the Internet.
Focus on What You Really Love Doing
Allow your time away from the digital world to focus on you and your true passions. Do you love to read? Are you a writer who “doesn’t have time” to write new material? Immerse yourself in something you’ve always wanted to do/learn. Take drawing classes. Dust off that instrument you gave up on. Find new recipes to cook. Learn a new language. There is a whole world of opportunities out there, but half of us are too busy on our phones to realize it.
Live in the Moment
For the first time in probably over 10+ years, you will be device and distraction free, which can allow you do this thing people call “live in the moment.” Everywhere you go and everything you do – do it completely. Take in every experience fully and experience JOMO – the joy of missing out. You don’t have to worry about minor things like checking in on Facebook or your Snapchat story. You are simply free in the present moment. Living, breathing, and being you!
Cheers to your digital detox!