In today’s fast-paced world, digital devices have become an integral part of our daily lives. But the urge to check smartphones and social media can become compulsive, impacting sleep, relationships and your health. If you’ve noticed these effects – or if you feel unhappy, irritable, frustrated, lonely or insecure after being plugged in – you may need a digital detox.
“Taking digital breaks helps us maintain more balance in our lives,” says CentraState psychiatrist Moustafa Shafey, MD. “It gives your brain a chance to rest while reducing stress and sharpening focus. You may also be surprised at how much more time you seem to have.”
Here are 5 ways to unplug more:
- Turn off smartphone notifications. Less dinging means less distraction.
- Set designated times to unplug from screens. Use that time for more fulfilling activities, like going outside.
- Create tech-free zones in your home, especially at the dinner table.
- Limit yourself to 30 minutes of daily social media scrolling. Even better, take a week-long break.
- Power down devices at least an hour or two before bedtime to improve sleep quality.
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