There is no doubt that technology can play a vital role in our workday and everyday life, but it can be enslaving and addictive. Whether you spend hours surfing the internet, searching your “likes” on Facebook, tweeting or texting, it can be harmful to the relationships right in front of you and even your health. A break is in order! Here are 5 tips for a digital detox:
1. Put a daily limit on your technology time. You may not be able to control how much you are using it during your true work day, but you can control your after hours usage. Consider not checking your work or personal emails or going on social media after a certain time. You can even turn off your phone at a set time each night.
2. Remember when dinner time was family and conversation time? Put way phones and devices at mealtime! After a long day of work, school, and activities, this is critical bonding and sharing time for families.
3. Vacation is called vacation for a reason. Take a holiday from technology while you are traveling. Immerse yourself in your surroundings and enjoy the EXPERIENCE! It is so tempting to post photos of the beautiful sunset and your visit to the Eiffel Tower. It is almost second nature to check in at a restaurant or attraction. Resist the urge. Take photos and post them all in a folder or collage when you return home.
4. Blue light can affect your sleep. Think about powering down or putting away your phone and all devices at least an hour before you go to bed. If you don’t want to turn them off, keep them plugged in away from your bedroom. You will probably find yourself more relaxed and more rested in the morning.
5. Imagine all of the things you could do with the time you currently spend on your phone or other device. Use that time to read a book, talk with your family. exercise, or be outside!