How to Do the Digital Detox Right

Jan 13, 2020

How to Do the Digital Detox Right
How to Do the Digital Detox Right | Photography: Theunpluggedacadamey

Our lives have been taken over by gadgets slowly but surely in the past few decades. Right from the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we have our eyes hooked to screens of various gadgets. In fact, for many people, a gadget screen is the first thing they look at in the morning and the last thing they look at in the night.

Obviously, such continuous addiction to gadgets affects physical and mental health in many ways. From posture to sleep patterns, many crucial aspects of real life are affected by the digital counterpart. So, it is imperative to keep our gadget use in check and practice a digital detox from time to time.

Here are some of the most important points to remember in order to plan and implement a digital detox.

Make a list of all the gadgets that you use

Gadgets have become so ubiquitous in our lives that we hardly notice many of them anymore. So, the first step would be to make a list of all the gadgets that you use and be aware of how these gadgets are now dominating your life.

Set a realistic target

Sure, it would be great if you can completely cut off yourself from technology from day 1 of the detox and continue this for as long as you want. But, it is likely that this is not practically possible. It takes time to detangle ourselves from the digital web and so it is important to set realistic detox goals. Try to deal with a specific set of gadgets or technology at a time and keep the time-period of the detox realistic as well.

Create a plan to ease into the detox

As an extension of the previous point, it helps to gradually increase the level of detox rather than to try and cut off all gadgets from day 1. You can try to restrict use of gadgets for a certain period of time every day before you go full 24 hours without gadgets. Or, you can cut down the number of gadgets you use every day until you arrive at the day when all the gadgets can be set aside for a certain period of time. Take your needs and lifestyle into account and go ahead with what suits you the best.

Make sure that you get enough sleep

Use of gadgets close to bedtime can affect sleep patterns and can also make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. A great way to start the detox can be to first cut down the use of gadgets atleast an hour prior to bedtime. Catching up on sleep can instantly make you feel better and motivate you to continue the detox.

Make a list of all non-digital activities that you love

Take yourself back to simpler times and remember what you loved to do. It could be simply reading the newspaper, painting or even hiking. Reward yourself with those experiences that you love when you practice a digital detox. 

Detox with a detox-buddy

It is always more motivating to take up any practice with a buddy instead of doing it alone. You can keep each other in check and support when you fall back.

Keep unnecessary gadgets out of sight

Take note of what gadgets are needed for various activities throughout the day and keep the rest of the gadgets out of sight. This will help in curbing the temptation to use those gadgets when you get time off from your work.

Tell your friends and family that you are on detox

Digital connections are an important part of real-life relationships today. So, keep your family and friends informed when you take up a digital detox to avoid misunderstandings. They can even help you with the process by encouraging you and supporting your efforts.