Looking for a digital detox for the New Years? Read these 4 tips first

Taking care of your “digital health” is more relevant than ever. Social media, online shopping, booking tickets and even basic operations such as paying bills – we use digital technology for all of this. However, during the New Year holidays, many will take a break from work and may even go on vacation. So why not give yourself a break from technology and do a digital detox?

Scientists from the University of Greenwich and the University of East Anglia studied different ways to take a break from technology while on vacation. We offer the most effective ones.

Looking for a digital detox for the New Years? Read these 4 tips first

1. Hide your phone securely

By far the most effective way to get the most out of it is to put your phone, laptop, and tablets away. Of course, you can set the “do not disturb” mode or selectively disable notifications in applications.

But for certain groups of apps this is a pretty daunting task, and if the phone is still in your pocket, there is always a reason to check Facebook or Instagram, reply to an email, or post a photo. You can still flip through the feed, and muscle memory allows you to open applications without even realizing it.

You can limit the amount of time you can use your phone, say, one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. But the experiment showed that as a result, the user begins to unconsciously spend online even more time and find more and more excuses for this.

Therefore, the best solution is to completely avoid temptations: close the phone in a drawer or hide it somewhere. This will eliminate the need to turn off notifications or time limit.

It may not be easy at first. But after a while you will appreciate the benefits, feel more relaxed and freer. Chances are, you will want to stay out of touch longer.

2. Remember to plan

It is very difficult not to relax outside the city. There is no need to worry about route choices and congested digital infrastructure (apps for booking restaurants, movie tickets, and paying for public transport). Therefore, if you go somewhere, the detox will be much more natural.

But making plans is still very important. Leave a notice of your absence from the office, inform your colleagues, clients and your boss about your departure. Warn loved ones and friends not to worry that they will try to get in touch.

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In addition, you can print your booking confirmation, train tickets, plane tickets and other means of transport, as well as take a paper card so that you can not use the devices. If the preparation seems too hassle, try seeking help: digital detox services can help you plan and adapt for one or two weeks without sensory overload.

3. Find the positive side

We take technology for granted. Therefore, disconnecting from them, we run the risk of facing some difficulties.

This can cause significant emotional difficulties at first, such as stress, anxiety, or frustration.

Experts advise trying to redirect these difficulties in a positive direction, considering them as encouragement, not punishment. For example, not being able to use apps or websites to navigate and find highly rated restaurants can be frustrating, but it can also give you a sense of joy at the opportunity to explore the unknown, unexpected encounters, or the chance to learn how to use a paper map and perhaps even a compass.

Yes, you won’t be able to instantly share your impressions on social networks, but you will have more time to communicate with fellow travelers, instead of checking likes and responding to comments.

Digital detox opens up opportunities for reuniting with long-forgotten nostalgic childhood memories and old times. Sometimes, to go back, it is enough to hum an old melody or just play children’s games.

4. Self-analysis

The most important tip is to make sense of the digital detox experience. Each person has a unique relationship with technology, and you will greatly benefit if you can build healthier relationships with them.

Try to use this experience as an opportunity to reflect on how you feel during your digital detox and what you would like to do after returning to a busy world to prevent re-digital overload.

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