Technological fatigue has become very real, especially for all of us experiencing a cataclysmic 2020. The coronavirus pandemic brings to attention how important it is to make sure your physical and mental health is strong enough to overcome a global crisis.
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Sitting in lockdown for the last two months has exposed us to groundhog day-like routines, mixed emotions, and distress. Although platforms like Google Hangout, Zoom and FaceTime are helping us keep in touch friends, families and colleagues, it can be a bane when these digital platforms are over relied on.
Physically and mentally, the overuse of technology can have some pretty serious effects on our wellbeing. Immersing in offline activities to reduce the time we spend online can be a solution to alleviate this digital fatigue. It also serves as a way for us to rekindle activities we love but never had the time for in the past.
Rules for the Digital Detox:
Removing access to digital devices such as TV, phone, computer, or other device that allows you to search, or use social media and or the internet. That means no Netflix, Instagram or TikTok... it's a big ask we know.
Try out a 2-day digital detox this weekend!
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This pandemic has brought about overwhelming stress in various aspects of life for different people. A digital detox can help reduce exposure to negative news, giving your mind a break. What all of us truly need now is for our minds and body to rest, focus on doing what you love and allowing yourself breathing space whichever way your heart desires and make it good.
We've put together a list of 8 ways you can fill your time during a digital detox this month.
1. If you’ve been a “Quarantine Queen/King”, then you’d know self-care is critically important yet underrated. The thing is, self-care (the practice of taking an active role in giving adequate attention to one’s own well-being and happiness) is very personal and it varies as do personalities.
During this coronavirus stay-at-home period, switch out the binge-watching with pampering yourself. SC activities involve doing a face mask, take a long calming bubble bath, watering or caring for your plants, drawing, journaling, play with your pets, and so much more. As long as you feel comfortable, relaxed, refreshed with a better mood after completing it, you’re doing it right.
2. One of the best quiet activities for unwinding is reading. No matter what genre your interest lies in, doing a digital detox is the perfect time to go analogue and pick up a book. Even re-reading your favourite novel from ages ago can give you new perspectives, or simply a comforting feeling.
On the topic of digital detox, my sister recommended Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on it yet, but reading the reviews, it seems promising in helping us understand how modern technology is overused in our societies today, especially in social networks and social media.
3. Another simple way to relax and relieve your mind from the pressures of work and multitasking is to meditate.
Put on a calming Spotify playlist and meditate for an hour. Studies after studies have shown that meditation is powerful and beneficial beyond our understanding to our mind and body, and with the ultimate goal at the end of this digital detox is to be emotionally and physically healthy, meditation is a must do!
4. If the aforementioned laid-back activities don’t work out for you, then take a nap.
This is the easiest, most comfortable activity ever for a person to unwind and rest.
Did you know that a study done at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34% and alertness by 100%?
Experts suggest that naps provide significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
5. Singing and dancing randomly can spike a dose of endorphins, and a Harvard School research has proved that music activates specific areas of brain, improving mental health conditions like depression.
Music is a universal concept that people use to connect, console, and lift spirits. So, put on your go-to music playlist, liberate yourself and do as T Swift does and shake off todays worries.
6. After doing all that fun stuff, what’s next? When you’ve finally put aside your tech-devices, you’ll probably notice that you have lots of other “stuff” lying around. Time to pick up the pieces, deep-clean your spaces and give the rooms in your house a makeover. A decluttered space naturally translates into a decluttered mind.
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7. While at home, you can easily create your own garden! Gardening requires a good amount of time – from planting seeds, nurturing shoots, to watering; it’s a perfect active distraction for a digital detox. Many plant enthusiasts share how important it is to show love to the plants in your environment. While staying home all day, monitoring plant growth is a great way to get excited over small accomplishments, practice patience, and be rewarded by its beauty.
We are familiar with “plant talk” around our offices, as we’re privileged enough to have our in-house graphic designer who’s an avid plant hobbyist. Staying home all day, he’s been taking care of a variety of greens like ‘Black Pagoda’, begonias and more at different stages. If you’re feeling adventurous, try growing fruit and vegetables like tomatoes, chilis, strawberries or lemons!
8. Doing a digital detox doesn’t mean you can’t relay your care and concern to your family and friends. Apart from phone and video calls, you can always get crafty and express your love in creative forms. Mail a handwritten letter of concern, deliver some flowers to your parents, or send some delicious food to a friend whom you might not have seen for long. These little treats are a great way to brighten someone’s day that’s more tangible than virtual hugs or Instagram likes.
We’re all going through this pandemic together, and some may experience worse than others. Times like these are a good opportunity to convey your love and empathy by showing intimate concern.
A digital detox is a fitting endeavour as it encourages internal introspection and reflection, while stimulating external senses through mindful actions.
By refreshing your state of mind with these invigorating activities, you’ll be more ready to adopt the new normal and stay safe. The stream of events that have happened so far in 2020 has been the bête noir of our existence. While we strive to overcome the multitude of problems that cripple society, we can only do better when we build a strong enough mental and physical capacity to work together.
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