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Five top tips for a successful digital detox


In today’s world, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. The increase in hybrid working means that the line between work and leisure has blurred, which can cause increased stress and anxiety. Research has shown that being mindful of your screentime can have benefits for your mental health.

What is a digital detox?

A digital detox involves taking a break from technology, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs and social media. It’s a chance to disconnect from constant connectivity and focus on your well-being. By taking a break from technology, you might find your mental health improves and you can enjoy being more “in the moment”.

Do I need a digital detox?

If you’re constantly checking your phone, scrolling endlessly through social media, or experiencing anxiety when you’re away from your device, it might be time to consider reducing your screen time. We’ve taken a look at some things to consider for a successful digital detox.

Our top five tips for a digital detox

  1. Create a Plan

Before you start a digital detox, create a plan. Decide how long you want to stay away from technology and what you want to achieve. Consider how you will fill your time without devices and make a list of activities you enjoy doing. Telling a friend or relative about your goals might help you stay accountable to them.

  1. Find a Digital-Free Zone

Designate a screen-free area of your home, such as your bedroom or dining room. This will help you to create a physical boundary between your technology and your relaxation space. Reducing screentime before bedtime may also improve the quality of your sleep.

  1. Embrace Nature

Spending time outside can be an excellent way to disconnect from technology and boost your mood. Take a walk, go for a hike, or spend time in your garden. This can help you to focus on the present moment and feel calmer.

  1. Learn a New Skill

To avoid temptation, it might help to make sure you have something else to focus on. You could read a book, sign up to a local class or try out a new hobby. Learning something new will help you feel productive and give you a sense of accomplishment.

  1. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is staying focused on the present moment – not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Exercises such as focusing on your breath, meditating or trying yoga can all help to improve your mental health.

Final thoughts

Taking a digital detox can be a great way to prioritize your wellbeing and make your screen time work for you. By following our tips, you can enjoy a successful digital detox and come back to your device with a refreshed mindset. Remember, technology is a tool, not a necessity, and taking a break from time to time can help you to recharge. And with Fortress installed on your phone, your device and data will stay secure while you switch off, kick back and relax.

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