Do You Need a Digital Detox?

December 26, 2018

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There are all kinds of cleanses people embark on most of which involve health and diet. People do carb cleanses, juice cleanses, and even colon cleanses. But what about taking a break from social media, texting, your email, and the internet? Would you be able to survive a technology cleanse?

If you're thinking of going off the grind, unplugging for a bit, or going for a full-on digital detox now would be a perfect time. Just remember less time on your phone means more time to enjoy your family and friends this Holiday season. Wouldn't you like to be more present this year?

I'm not going to lie... just typing that gave me a bit of anxiety. I suppose in my defense though technology is part of my job. I don't force myself to do a long-term cleanse, but perhaps I could do it one of these weekends. 

If you want to take a digital break here are some tips to help you do it successfully.

Decide what technology will be included in the cleanse. Are you going on a vacation for a week and leaving your phone behind, or are you merely ditching social media to live your best life? Make a choice now and maybe even delete the apps you want to avoid while on your chosen cleanse.

Inform People You're Going Off the Grid: If you're one of those people that are always posting and suddenly you're radio silent, it can cause family and friends to worry. Just give these people a heads up, so they don't freak out over your silence.

Make Plans To Keep Yourself Occupied: Now that you aren't texting, tindering, or on social media, you need other things to take up that time.

Set a Realistic time frame for your cleanse: Is it a day, a week, or a weekend? Just set your time frame and be realistic about it. Obviously, if you are planning a week off, but your job requires you using social media...well that won't work.