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Why it’s time for a ‘digital diet’

Why it’s time for a ‘digital diet’

Nowadays, it’s so easy to get engrossed in our technologies, but just like them, our minds need time to recharge. It’s important to take time each day to step away from technology, not only for your mental health, but for your physical health, too.

In fact, 93 percent of people who spend too much time in front of a computer without giving their eyes and brains relief get blurred vision, according to a report from The Vision Council.

Here are a few quick tips to disconnect from technology:

  • Turn all of your devices completely off – this will help resist the temptation of glancing at your phone
  • Utilize the airplane mode and do not disturb features
  • Turn off notifications
  • Don’t carry your devices with you at all times
  • Try apps that block social media notifications during a set schedule

And for more long-term results, try these tips for making yourself “digitally incompatible:”

  • Be where you are—If you are with friends and family and you are texting or answering emails the whole time, you are not being present. Appreciate the time spent with your loved ones without using technology.
  • Enjoy your mornings technology-free—According to statistics by IDC Research, 80 percent of cell phone users check their phone before even brushing their teeth. Instead of immediately hopping on technology to check social media or emails, try completing an activity first. Going for a run, doing some yoga or even taking a shower can keep your mind engaged without the phone.
  • When you’re off duty, mean it—Unless you have a career that demands the attention of your phone, do not use work as an excuse to constantly be consumed. You get the time off because you deserve it–take it with great appreciation.
  • Try a digital diet—Lessen the amount of times that you are checking social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram each day. According to Digital Trends, the average person checks social media about 17 times per day. Set a goal of how much you will access these sites throughout the day and stick to it.

Using these tips may give your mind the necessary mental break it needs in order to be happier and healthier. What tactics do you use to disconnect?

Jennifer Zerfowski is a licensed clinical social worker at Advocate Medical Group in Normal, Ill.

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Jennifer Zerfowski, LCSW
Jennifer Zerfowski, LCSW

Jennifer Zerfowski is a licensed clinical social worker at Advocate Medical Group in Normal, Ill.