Is it time for a digital detox?

Kiran Singh

In today’s world, we are all so used to being constantly connected, most of us are almost never without our phones. I know that as I used to do it myself until a few months ago – spend way too much time on my gadgets. Being distracted by every notification meant that I wasn’t always as present as I could have been with my loved ones, my work and most importantly; MYSELF! This is where I should have used my Mindfulness Coaching skills!

You see, it’s not just about unplugging the devices, it’s about rediscovering what happened when I plugged back into life. Disconnecting devices, allowed me to reconnect with myself, my loved ones, my community, Mother Nature and even the world.

Is it time for a digital detox

I decided to do a digital detox over the Summer. I did a massive digital declutter of my gadgets, the cloud and more. I deleted all social media apps and email apps from my phone & my tablet, I simplified my digital space by sticking to gDrive instead only instead of gDrive, OneDrive AND Dropbox – I’ve intending to go back to basics.

For each technology I reintroduced, I had to determine what value it served in my life and how specifically I would use it to maximise this value, to do this effectively, I asked myself a vital question:

Does this technology directly support something I deeply value?

The truth is that technology was meant to bring more ease to our lives, so consider how to use it for good, rather than allowing it to cause longer working hours, or to interfere with the enjoyment of living. I encourage you to take out time daily for digital detox; go offline for a few hours to a day (or if you’re brave – the whole weekend) and make the most of the time you’ve freed up for yourself.

Here are some of my top tips on how having a digital detox can benefit you:

Being Present in the Moment

This is the biggest one for me. With the amount of time people are spending on their phones and devices, it seems that everyone is almost slightly distracted at all times.

I get told off by Khushi most of the time – sometimes she’ll say something really silly that she knows will shock me only to check if I am listening to her by seeing how I react.

So…Switch off your gadgets and you might find that you notice and appreciate the everyday things around you so much more. It’s all about living the Mindful Life!

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Reduce unnecessary Stress

There are so many benefits of being connected. Don’t get me wrong, I love how connected the online world is. But having minute by minute updates can actually become really stressful – which is why I have turned off all social media notifications on my phone and tablet.

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Staying focused

Constant pop up notifications on your phone can also be really distracting when you are trying to concentrate on a task at hand.

Lunch with friends, reading a book, focusing on a project; this can all be easier without interruptions from your phone and you may find you get things done faster. I use an app called ‘Tide’ to help me keep focused and not side-tracked while I am working.

Sleep better at night

Even if you can’t go offline for a whole day, it’s definitely worth staying away from your devices a few hours before bedtime, to really get some quality zzz’s – and not to forget that sleep can help rejuvenate our skin ♡

Studies have shown that the blue light, which comes from our phones and other electronic devices, affects the levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin which throws off your body’s biological clock. This makes it harder for you to wind down and fall asleep.

Disconnect from your device and spend that time reconnecting with yourself and your loved ones. Spending some quality time with those you love, reconnecting with your surroundings or having some quality downtime to yourself can all really help to re-energise you. Reconnect with things that make you happy and nurture those important relationships.

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REMEMBER: You have more time than you think

No matter how busy you feel, chances are you have more time than you think. Life has a tendency to expand to fit how much time we have available for it – that’s why that curious phenomenon exists where, no matter how busy you are, as soon as the new season of House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black drops, you miraculously find time to watch the entire season in just a few days. You have the time – you probably just spend it on other things.

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Make it a Habit

Forming new habits is my favourite way to level up to become more productive automatically. When you read each day at the same time and place, you ritualise the practice and over time you’ll automatically level up to enjoy your day that much more.

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*Do connect with me on Instagram at @KiranSinghUK, @SlowSimpleIntentional & @SoulfullyNourishedUK for behind the scenes, daily updates, inspiration and more!

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