I recently read a great book called Wellness Loading by food, lifestyle and wellness coach, Andi Lew. A digital detox guide, Wellness Loading offers its reader straightforward and simple ideas and inspiration to turn off technology in order to reconnect and achieve greater levels of productivity and balance. In a society where it’s become all too easy to get caught up in the addiction of technology and hand held devices, Lew’s wellness guide is a refreshing approach to ways in which we can take a step back from our all-consuming iPhones to benefit the greater good of our bodies, minds and souls. As someone guilty of being glued to my phone for an inordinate amount of time; who frequently sets aside an evening for reading or blogging, only to find that I while away the hours idly scrolling through Instagram and Twitter, I was certainly inspired to start my own digital detox after reading Lew’s guide. And whether you, too, are in need of some serious digital down-time, or simply want some pointers on ways in which you can become less reliant on all things electric, have a read of my below tips on leading a more balanced life:
- Set a goal: When it comes to doing a digital detox, there are no hard and fast rules regarding how to proceed. Some may want to detox for a weekend; others for just a day; many for just an hour or two. I often chose to do an overnight detox; with the time difference between Sydney and the Uk it’s not uncommon for me to be texting and emailing throughout the night, so in recent weeks I’ve made a conscious effort to put my phone on aeroplane mode of an evening, with the goal of not turning it back on until the morning. However big – or small – your goal, do your utmost to stick to it in order to reap the rewards of some digital down-time.
- Remember why you’re doing it: The two main reasons I opt for the occasional digital detox is to aid my sleep, and to lessen my levels of distraction; both of which I keep at the back of mind whenever I’m tempted to stray. Try to remember your motivation for taking a break from all things electric to keep you on course, and watch your productivity heighten.
- Plan: For many people, social media managers like myself included, it may not be an option to detox digitally for any great length of time. With the vast majority of both my blog and my job centred around social media, doing so can be tricky. However, the recent rise in social media apps offers their users the chance to plan ahead, meaning things can run smoothly without the constant need for being online. My favourite app is Plann; a social media tool that allows you to visually plan and schedule your Instagram feed. It’s a great way to curate a beautiful and cohesive instagram
feed with minimum output time required.
- Enjoy: During a digital detox you’ll most likely become aware of having a lot more time on your hands; time that can be better spent doing almost anything – reading a book, writing a letter, picking up a neglected hobby or getting out and exploring the great outdoors. The options are endless.
- Repeat: As well as sleeping better, taking some digital down-time will allow you to think more clearly and deeply, and can often help you feel re-energised. These are just a few of a number of reasons why you should take a frequent detox from all things digital in the same way that you might from drinking.
As American novelist Ann Lamot once said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”