Living in an urban society that is dependent on its gadgets, be it laptops, mobile phones or other gizmos for work or recreational needs, can be suffocating. Hence, we suggest digital detox as one of your New Year’s resolutions! Stars like Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner have already embraced the booming digital detox trend. Switch off your phone, stop comparing yourself with others through social media, be grateful for life and just breathe for a change.
The Cab Whisperer: Spend time talking to others
My night routine was simple: After work, I would order a cab, scowl at the traffic, and throw my dying phone back into my bag. Having the patience of a 3-year-old child, I would spark up conversation with the driver to fill in the silence.
One can say circumstances force me to, but I’m always glad my phone dies so quickly because I usually love those conversations. It always reminds me that there’s so much more to life than social media and the latest Hollywood gossip.
Whether it’s a cab driver or your closest confidant, switching off your phone can spark up deep conversations and maintain stronger relationships. And who knows, you might actually learned a thing or two from someone else.
Learn to appreciate yourself
It doesn’t matter in which industry you work, thanks to social media we have made it way too easy for us to compare ourselves with others. Why? As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side: even if it’s only a single patch that we see. Sadly, even though we know it’s all an illusion, some of us still can’t help but crave to show off the seemingly effortless good life that we all lead.
Remember that social media only captures a brief moment of your life. So, it’s wise to keep in mind that there is a “real world” out there waiting for you to explore. You can go on a spontaneous adventure without your gadgets, or even meditate once in a while. If it sounds to Goop to be true, then just relax at home and do something else. No one expects you to be someone you’re not and you deserve to feel beautiful no matter what you think social media thinks. Appreciate yourself!
One step at a time
For those workaholics out there, try parting with your gadgets even though it might seem daunting at first. If you’re too glued to your phone to give it up even for the weekend, just steer clear of social media and work your way up! Better yet, give yourself limited time to use your gadget in case of emergencies.
Now we’re not talking about 12 hours out of 24 hours because that could be too much; however, clearing your head for even a day will improve your work performance. So don’t be afraid to take more time off of from technology.
Tell others about your detox plan
When my friend once messaged me, “Don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from me, I’m going off the grid,” my first instinct was to send a search party. There is no “right way” to tell the people around you that you’re going on a digital detox, but the most important thing is to tell them the right words: in this case, it’s digital detox.
Going “off the grid” may make others worry about you, especially if you decide to go out of town. And to handle this all you can do is to let them know you need to take a breather and make sure they know everything is alright.
Click and repeat
There are no fast fixes for breaking habits. Once you feel the benefits of a digital detox, you’ll definitely want to do it again! Don’t be afraid to pick it up once in a while, especially when the stress piles up. Remember that you can always adjust the time limit or methods. Or you can even incorporate it to daily life. For example, a common tip for people who suffer from digital burnout is to steer clear of their gadgets at night. Doesn’t seem that bad, right?
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