From endless zoom meetings on our laptops to setting up appointments on our phones, technology is ingrained into our everyday lives. While technology makes our life better in a lot of aspects, too much technology can be problematic.
Having increased exposure to digital devices whether that be through work or personal use, can have long-lasting effects on our overall health as we age. That’s why it’s essential to take a break every now and then to improve your health and well-being.
Let’s take a look into some ways that you can digitally detox and give yourself a much-needed break:
Reduce Eye Strain
We’ve all heard of blue light before, so this is nothing new. But did you know that blue light is almost as harmful as the UV rays from the sun? The sun and our digital devices emit the same kind of light. Not only that, but blue light is only slightly less powerful than direct sun rays. That’s why it’s so important to protect your eyes as you are using devices like tablets and laptops as constant exposure is harmful. Symptoms can include dry and itchy eyes, watery eyes, blurriness, and overall eye fatigue.
Although the link between blue light and eye diseases like macular degeneration hasn’t been confirmed just yet, more research comes out all the time. So, stay on the safe side of things by limiting any unnecessary technology use. Also, when possible use a pair of blue light glasses to help reduce some of the risks. Making minor changes can help put you at ease and make you feel like you are improving things, even if only in a small way.
Improve Mental Health
Our digital devices give us unlimited access to all forms of media. We can find just about any information that we seek with a tap of a few buttons. However, sometimes having access to all of that information can be overwhelming and not good for our mental well-being. With everything going on in the world right now, it’s easy to feel helpless, confused, and afraid.
A digital detox can give you freedom from hearing or seeing information that weighs heavy on your mind. Constantly hearing bad or troubling news can easily stay with you for a while. Going technology-free can give you time to refresh your mental health and give your mind a much-needed break. If things are still weighing heavy on your mind after your detox, you may want to try online counseling sessions. This can help you work through any unresolved feelings or thoughts you have during these troubling times and help you process things.
Taking a digital detox can give you the time back in your day to do other things. How many of us are guilty of spending hours upon hours on social media when we know we should be doing other things like exercising or doing laundry? To answer that question, probably most of us. While ignoring your responsibilities for a few hours or a day is alright occasionally, allowing our digital devices to take away from our everyday tasks constantly isn’t.
When you take a digital detox you are getting back hours of your day to engage in healthy habits that promote a happier lifestyle. Instead of being on Instagram for 4 hours straight, you can now work out, do laundry, study, or spend time on your favorite hobbies or activities. A digital detox also allows you to have more quality time with your loved ones.
Taking a digital detox can improve your sleep in a couple of different ways. The first being decreased exposure to blue light. As mentioned before, blue light isn’t good for your eyes, and it’s also not good for your sleep health. Blue light before bed can disrupt your circadian rhythm making it hard to get a good night’s rest and potentially cause medical conditions like insomnia, diabetes, and heart disease. Limiting technology use can reduce chances of this by allowing you to get proper sleep.
Additionally, going on a digital detox can help people who may have a slight addiction to technology. Sometimes it’s hard to put down your phone or your laptop when you have something pressing that you want to do. You might find yourself browsing Facebook late-night, reading on a tablet, or even taking care of work.
No matter what devices you use, you could always use a digital detox every now and then. Whether that be for two hours or two days, make sure you’re making time to unplug occasionally.
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