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Monday, August 30, 2021

The benefits of unplugging (from technology)

Hello everyone!


We are approaching the end of summer;  this is a very popular time for Maltese families to go on holiday (vacation).  We all know how crucial it is to take a vacation, especially in today's fast-paced world.  But my question is: Is it really a vacation if we are slaves to technology and social media?   


Having a healthy relationship with technology is an important part of today’s world, but how do you know if you need to unplug?


People on their phones


I'm sure most of you are familiar with the term digital detox.  Digital detox refers to a period of time when a person refrains from using tech devices such as smartphones, computers, tablets, social media sites and sometimes even televisions.  "Detoxing” from digital devices is often seen as a way to focus on real-life social interactions without distractions.  This is especially important if you are taking a break from work and your daily routine while on vacation with your loved ones. 

Unplugging and taking some time to reconnect with yourself and be present in the activities taking place around you is very important.  Regular time away from your smartphone and other electronics can benefit not only your health but your relationships as well.


Do you have a smartphone addiction?  These are some clear signs that you need a break from tech device:

  • You constantly check your smartphone throughout the day (even when it’s not necessary).
  • You become anxious if you can’t find a signal, are nearing your data limit or your battery is running low.
  • You are preoccupied with the like, comment, or share counts on your social posts.
  • You’re afraid that you'll miss something if you don't keep checking your device.
  • You often find yourself staying up late or getting up early to check your phone.
  • You struggle to have face-to-face conversations.
  • You do not know how to behave when your phone is not on your person.
  • You make careless mistakes because you’re always distracted.
  • You find that your ability to think clearly is compromised because you do not have your phone on you.
  • You’re sedentary for long stretches of time.
  • You don’t spend time outdoors because you spend your free time looking at screens.
  • You aren’t sleeping well.


Digital Detox
Here are 10 (ten) digital detox tips to help you spend less time glued to your devices!

  • Do not begin and end your day by checking the phone.
  • Only use the phone with purpose, not to kill time.
  • Mute notifications. 
  • Delete unnecessary apps.
  • Consume digital information mindfully, not passively.
  • Keep your phone out of reach or on flight mode.
  • Set internet-free hours and spaces.
  • Spend more time in nature.
  • Engage in physical activity more often.
  • Take a digital sabbatical (24h - a week).

Unplugging or digital detoxing -

  • Helps maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Reduces FOMO (fear of missing out).
  • Allows a more positive life perspective.
  • Improves sleep habits.

Do you ever feel the need to unplug from technology for a while?  Are you addicted to your phone?  Leave a comment and let me know!  
Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.  
     – Christian Lous Lange 

Take care!



1 comment:

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XOXO Cosette (@Euphrasie85)