Digital detox! Does the term send shivers down your spine and make life seem hopeless and insurmountable? You are not alone. Technology, in terms of devices such as smartphones, televisions, computers, and tablets, and platforms such as social media sites has taken over life in every way imaginable. 

Although there is no denying that technology has made life infinitely easier and better, it has also led to increased addiction, isolation, health problems, lack of privacy, and distraction from real-life experiences and interactions for people.

To regain balance and productivity in your life, you may need an occasional digital detox, a break from using digital devices and disconnection from the online world. 

Let’s have a look at the reasons for a digital detox. 

5 Reasons to Take up a Digital Detox

1. To improve your physical and mental health: Excessive use of technology and digital devices has been shown to cause physical problems such as eye strain, headache, and neck pain.

It also results in mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Taking a break from technology can help you regain your health. 

2. To be more productive: The distractions from various digital devices, social networking, and the lure of checking up on the constant barrage of notifications can eat away your time and attention, leading to a loss in productivity. 

Staying away from your digital devices can help you focus on the job at hand, improve your attention span, and help you be more productive. 

3. To improve your relationships: Technology has made it easier to keep in touch with each other, but it has also become such a distraction that it makes it difficult to connect with the people around you. 

Put away your devices, engage and listen to those around you, and allow yourself to enjoy the company and real-life interactions. 

4. To sleep better: Excess and frequent use of digital devices has been shown to affect your sleep quality and make it harder to fall asleep, particularly if you use technology just before going to bed. 

A digital detox will ensure you get a good night’s sleep, your body will be better rested, and you will not be woken up at odd hours by constant notifications and updates.

5. To be with yourself: Being on digital devices all the time hardly leaves you with any to just be by yourself, and process your thoughts. There are high chances that when faced with an uncomfortable thought, you might distract yourself with mindless scrolling instead of dealing with the thought. 

A break from technology will help you calm down, pay more attention to yourself and things around you, and indulge in some self-care.

Take small steps away from technology frequently, and indulge in activities that give you joy, such as journaling, reading, gardening, walking, visiting bookstores, and watching movies or playing board games with family or friends. 

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