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What is a Digital Detox

Multiple studies have shown that increased social media and technology use has an impact on our stress, health and wellbeing. People who check their phones or emails report higher levels of stress, as well as feeling disconnected from loved ones. To help prevent or reduce the feeling of stress and anxiety, you can help yourself with a digital detox.

Put simply; a digital detox is unplugging yourself from digital devices for a set period of time. Some people choose to detox through a holiday while others may take small daily steps to curb their technology use by turning off notifications and reserving an hour or two a day for a non-digital time.

For many of us, it is hard. Research suggests that 37% of adults and 60% of children are addicted to their gadgets. However, taking the time to switch off occasionally can do wonders for our mental health as well as our relationships. So, how can you make a digital detox work for you?

How to digitally detox in three steps

  1. Turn off notifications

The constant buzz, flash or shrill of your phone is distracting. By drawing your attention to your phone, you will likely pick it up without thinking. Instead, you need to train yourself to be mindful of your technology use. By turning off your notifications, you will not feel the need to address every single update.

  1. Set a bedtime routine

Phones, tablets and computer screens emit blue light. This blue light can suppress melatonin levels in our body which can make it harder to fall asleep and then stay asleep. Start by giving yourself half an hour to wind down with no technology before bed. After you have mastered 30 minutes, gradually extend that time until you have an evening to dedicate to your interests and you will receive a much better sleep routine too.

You can make it easier by making your bedroom a technology-free zone.

  1. Ask yourself why

Checking your phone does become a habit, but you can train yourself to break the habit. Every time you reach for your phone or tablet, ask yourself; ‘why?’. We often check our phones to distract ourselves, ignore thoughts we do not want to address or because we feel insecure. By working out why you are compelled to look at your phone, you can learn to be in the present moment and can combat any issues that may be causing you to be busy yourself with technology.

Let hypnosis help

If you have anxiety that leads you to spend more time on your phone or computer than you would like, then hypnosis can help. By addressing the anxiety, whether it is social confidence or nervousness at work, you can start to tackle a digital detox and find more time in life for the things you love. Call Beverley on 07956 694818 for a free 15-minute consultation to find out how hypnosis can help you to manage anxiety and gain control of your life.


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