How to Do a Digital Detox for Stress Management

Every once in a while, we all need a little break from social media. We live in a world so engrossed in all things technological that taking a step back from this digital reality can be crucial in reminding us what’s important, and what’s just online. Not to mention the fact, all the news and being on constant call with notifications stresses us out. We don't need unnecessary anxiety.

Unfortunately, taking these detoxes can sometimes be easier said than done. With most of our communication being done digitally, being able to become disconnected may feel impossible. Luckily, it isn’t. But, to make the whole process easier, we’ve given you some small, easy steps to help you detox from the digital world. 

 

Becoming Disconnected 

The best way to start your digital detox is simple: delete those distracting apps. It may sound scary, but don’t worry: you can re-download them after your break is over. By eliminating even the ability to scroll through your news feed, you’ll feel a lot less inclined to start looking. This is helpful, too, for those of you who need to be near your phone for work or family-related reasons. You’ll be able to make the calls necessary, but you won’t be distracted by the toxins of social media or digital games.  

From here, the effort needs to be put into being more present. Often, digital rhetoric gets us disconnected from the world around us, so during this time, it is important to re-establish those connections. Enjoy some time in the great outdoors and cherish what Mother Nature has to offer--without snapping a photo. Instead, soak in the beauty on your own. 

This is also a great chance to spend some extra time with those you love. Try convincing your friends or family to put their phones down, too, and enjoy some quality time without interruption. This way, all of you can experience being more present and appreciative of the world around you. Focus on the conversations had, the emotions felt, and everything you benefited from keeping your phone away from it all. 

Taking your phone out of the equation also opens up time for you to learn about yourself more. The less we are distracted by social media and digital sludge, the more we can invest in doing what makes us happy. During this time, we can experience self-care to the max, or even pick up a new hobby we didn’t know we enjoyed. Who knows, maybe gardening or painting will become your go-to activity, and the online world can stay logged off for even longer. 

Doing Your Own Detox

In general, taking a detox from social media can do more for us than give our eyes a break from staring at a tiny screen. Staying off of our phones for extended periods of time can help our mental health significantly, reminding us that what we see online isn’t an accurate reflection of reality— especially our reality. When we disconnect, we see the world how it’s meant to be seen, and not through a Snapchat filter. 

So, the next time you find yourself getting too wrapped up in online drama or are comparing your life to strangers on the Internet, put your phone down. It’s not worth it! Temporarily disconnect from the online world and embrace the physical world we’ve all been blessed to experience.

April 16, 2020 — Tiffany Bowen