Tracey Joynson

How to give yourself a digital-detox

DOES it ever feel as if life is just speeding by and you're running from one thing to the next, without time to pause and regroup? Have you lost your sense of humour? Are you feeling more sensitive or just not feeling quite yourself? And have you put working out, exercise and general well-being at the bottom of the list as you don't have time?    You are not alone. Despite all the technology we have in our lives that is supposed to save time, it seems like people are more stressed and time poor than ever before. According to Nielson research US, Americans spend up to 60 hours a week consuming content across up to 4 devices. Australia is not far behind either.      At a certain point, your body simply says 'no'. It may be in the form of a cold or flu, poor eyesight, a niggling pain or injury, headaches, digestive complaints, skin disorders, insomnia or just the fact you feel exhausted and can't concentrate efficiently during the day. By the time it has come to this, it is already a reflection of a low immune system and the cellular impact of stress.      How can you start right now to help deal with stress and help your body cope with daily mental and physical demands? By giving yourself a regular digital detox. Here's some practical tips for a daily reboot:      During the day:    Take a nano break: get up and walk away from your computer, go talk to a colleague personally rather than emailing across the room.    Stay off Facebook/social media in the morning on the way to work - listen to music, a podcast or read an actual book instead.    Take a fresh air break at lunch time, rather than eating lunch with your phone or iPad in front of you.       At night:    Avoid TV, illuminated alarm clocks and other digital stimulus in the bedroom.    Read a book before you go to sleep, rather than watching television or working late on the computer.    Create a regular bedtime routine and a regular sleep-wake schedule.    Keep a diary of things that are on your mind, get them out of your head and on to paper - even if it's a list of things to do for the next day.    Think of a digital detox as recharging your own batteries. Sometimes you need to disconnect to reconnect.  

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