According to Oxford Dictionaries a digital detox is a “period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.”
Interested in creating a device-free space in your life? Here are some tips on how to unplug . H/T to United Healthcare.
1) Pick a realistic time. Don’t try to unplug during work hours, instead pick a non-working weekend or vacation day.
2) Let your peeps know ahead of time.
3) Plan fun activities to keep your mind and body busy: take a hike, ride a bike, revisit old hobbies, hang out with friends and family.
4) Define your own detox. Whether it’s a complete detox from all digital devices, or just a day away from social media. It’s your detox. Make it as big or small as you want.
5) Remove temptation. Put your devices in a drawer, where they have a better chance of staying “out of site, out of mind.”
Intrigued? Here are more digital detox resources to explore.
Digital Detox runs retreats and summer camps for adults that want to unplug.
Digital Detox Holidays is a directory of hotels and holiday spots that pride themselves on limited offerings of WiFi, telephones, and TVs.
National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown – and starts on the first Friday night in March.