Why You Need a Technology Detox
You are now most likely settled into the routine of working from home, which can include having your workday scheduled, routines in place, and being available to the many business meetings via calls and Zoom. The Coronavirus quarantine changed our life dramatically and quickly.
However, as humans, we adapt. With the beginning of the stay at home orders it might have felt a bit challenging to get into the rhythm of staying at your house 24/7. But as the days and weeks passed, it became the new norm. It became almost, dare we say, normal?
While your day-to-day activities have shifted, so has something else.
Our reliance on technology.
This has changed our way of living more than anything else. From checking emails one hundred times a day to texting with friends, FaceTime calls with family, and checking social media more than ever, we are reliant on our phone and computer.
The challenge here is that it can actually cause more anxiety than before. Over usage of technology can contribute to sleep issues, dependancy, and a decrease in our focus. Coupled with dropped calls or slower internet, you might be facing frustrations.
It can feel overwhelming to “shut off” as we begin to feel we have to answer every email that comes in, respond to every message, and be available for calls at the drop of a hat. The quarantine has shifted our dependency on our phones, computers, and the TV.
This is why it’s important to take a technology detox, especially now as we are home during the quarantine.
Below, we are sharing some easy tips on how to take a technology detox without causing massive disruption to your life. These will help you feel more calm, get better sleep, and feel ready for the week ahead.
5 TIPS TO TAKE A TECHNOLOGY DETOX
- Skip checking your phone for the first 30 minutes of the day. One habit that the richest and most successful people do every day? They use the first part of their morning to focus on their own life. If you are checking your phone first thing, seeing all the notifications can set off the fight-or-flight mode, otherwise known as your sympathetic nervous system in your body. This causes your adrenaline to go up, increased levels of cortisol and you go into reaction mode, all without you even knowing it. Instead, take this time to focus on your day and how you want it to go.
- Switch off at a specified hour during weekdays. Find yourself checking your phone, being on social media, or responding to emails until 10pm? Then it’s time to set a timer and put your phone away when it goes off. Being on your phone too late at night causes your deep REM sleep to be disrupted, which prevents your body from getting the rejuvenation it needs. There are apps available that auto turn off your social media that you can download if you can’t stick to it by yourself.
- Delete social apps off your phone. If you are on a certain app or social media constantly, unable to stop scrolling, then take a break and get it off the phone. From the notifications to seeing what others are doing, it causes you to be distracted which puts you in a constant state of playing catch up. You can always access Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and WhatsApp from a computer.
- Turn social media notifications off. This will be a game changer if you haven’t done it already. When we are alerted of something on our phone, it causes us to lose focus. Did you know: it takes 23 minutes to get back into the zone when you refocus? You won’t be missing anything urgent and it will help you decrease anxiety, stress and and comparison.
- Unplug the TV during the weekend. From Netflix to the news, we are online a lot and although you might not notice it, this eats up your time. Uplug from the noise and go back to basics. Go for a long walk during the day, read a book, get creative in whatever way excites you. Cook a fancy meal or just lay back in bed all day. Remember, your cell phone isn’t the only thing that you need to take a break from.