We all spend too much time in the digital space, especially over the Christmas and New Years period.
Taking a break from social media is tough for anyone, especially when most of us run our world through the Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook space.
We look at five good reasons why you should start your New Year with a digital detox:
1. Reconnect to yourself
We spend our time being constantly available through our phones, our email, and social media sites. A digital detox can be a great way to refocus your priorities back to yourself. Take some time to think deeply about what you want out of life and redefine who you are outside of your fragmented social-media self.
2. Reconnect to others
Nothing beats speaking to people face to face. Disconnect for an evening and sit through dinner completely focused on the people whose company you’re in. Don’t disrespect your friends and loved ones by constantly checking to see what other people are doing. Take an interest in the lives of the people immediately around you and watch your relationships flourish.
3. Reinvigorate your productivity
Stop checking Facebook and Twitter every 5 minutes and feel your productivity skyrocket. Whether it’s at work or at home, while working on an essay or trying to do the housework, everything goes quicker when you stop interrupting yourself. We can only focus on one task fully at a time – multi-tasking just leads to two tasks done half as well as they could have been – so stop dividing your attention with things that can wait.
4. Learn something new
Think about how much time you spend endlessly scrolling through newsfeeds and then think about how futile it is as an activity. Now take all that time and use it to do something fun. Pick up a new hobby, revisit an old one, read that book that’s been sitting on your shelf waiting to be read for six months. Investigate a topic that interests you. Learning new things stimulates your brain into making new pathways that can help promote healthy brain function as we age and aid in preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
5. Get better sleep
The bright lights of our phones, computers, and other digital devices are actually hindering our ability to get a good night’s sleep. Use a digital detox to reset your body clock and renew yourself. It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel after a night or two of properly timed, deep sleep. Sleep also has some wonderful restorative properties, there’s very little that’s better for you than a good night’s sleep.