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Time For a Digital Detox?

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I recently had an opportunity to escape the daily grind and spend some valuable time in nature – in the Kgalagadi Transfronteir Park – rather remote and terrifyingly off the comms grid. What I can say is that it made me realise how we are so “hooked” on our devices, scrolling Face Book, Emails, Instagram, New Channels, Whats App – and Lord forbid we are not available to answer a message straight off and reply to an email albeit after conventional working hours.

The down time for almost 8 days truly did me the world of good – to completely rest up, appreciate the natural wonders of the world, nature – in its’ true raw form and it’s magnificent elements of survival no matter what.

I would highly recommend the unplugged version of life for your own health and most of all reconnection with self. 

We all lead busy lives and spend a great deal of time using digital devices – whether working, communicating with friends and family, or shopping. The constant presence of technology in our lives can be taxing on our mental and physical health.

To stay in tune with our bodies and minds, it is essential that we take breaks from technology and engage in activities that don’t involve a screen. A digital detox is the process of taking a break from the digital world and getting back in touch with the real world. 

5 Signs you need a digital detox

#1 - Your Attention Span is Suffering

If you find yourself easily distracted or having difficulty focusing on tasks, it may be time for a digital detox. Processing all of the information from the digital world can be taxing to our minds, leading to a lack of attention and focus. Taking a break from the digital world can help you sharpen your attention and focus abilities.

#2 - You are always feeling tired

Burnout is a real thing, and too much screen time can leave you feeling exhausted. Taking a break from the digital world can help you refocus your energy on activities that don’t involve a screen. Going outside, picking up a new hobby, or simply spending time with friends and family can help you get your energy back and reduce fatigue.

#3 -You are experiencing anxiety or depression

Many of us use technology to cope with anxiety or depression. However, while it can be helpful in the short-term, too much time on our devices can have an adverse effect on our mental health. Taking a break from technology can help us reset and focus on activities that can help us cope with our anxiety or depression in a healthier way.

#4 - You feel Isolated & disconnected

Too much time on our devices can make us feel disconnected from the world and isolated from our friends and family. Taking a break from technology can help us reconnect with the real world and build meaningful relationships.

#5 - You are experiencing physical ailments

Too much time on our devices can leave us feeling stiff and sore. Taking a digital detox and engaging in physical activities can help alleviate physical discomfort. Stretching, yoga, and other forms of exercise can help reduce tension and keep our bodies in tip-top shape.

In Summary

If you are experiencing any of the above signs, it may be time to take a break from technology. A digital detox can help you refocus and get back in tune with your mental and physical health. A digital detox can improve your focus, reduce fatigue, lessen anxiety and depression, and help you reconnect with the real world. So, don’t be afraid to unplug and take a break from the digital world – you will be glad you did!