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What Happens to Your Mind and Body During a Digital Detox?

Dec 8, 2016

Chances are, you spend a ton of time each day with your eyes glued to your smartphone or computer screen, sometimes even without realizing. Technology has become so central to our daily lives that it’s hard to switch off and relax. But the benefits of a digital detox may encourage you to put down your phone and live in the moment, rather than see it through a screen.

What is a Digital Detox?

A digital detox is exactly what it sounds like—taking a break from your electronic devices for a given period of time in order to clear your mind.

You can do your own detox, or attend an event with other likeminded people who need to step away from the screen, too. For example, Camp Grounded, also known as “summer camp for adults,” focuses on leaving your phone behind to have some fun and make new friends.

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What Happens When You Step away from the Screen?

More Restful, Regulated Sleep Cycles

Backlit phones, laptops and tablets can really mess with your sleep cycle. That bright blue light your device emits is scientifically proven to confuse your brain and slow down the production of key hormones like melatonin. It’s especially disruptive to your sleep patterns if you check your phone right before you hit the hay.

Unplugging from your device gives your body the opportunity to revamp its sleep schedule, leaving you feeling rejuvenated after a good night’s rest.

Deeper Human Connections

You’ve been there before. You’re hanging out with your friends or family, but instead of talking with one another, everyone’s staring at their phones.

Removing phones from the equation forces you to have real conversations with the people around you. Understand other people’s perspectives, laugh, argue, make eye contact—these are all healthy human interactions that are stifled by persistent technology usage.

Better Attention Span

Switching between your phone, computer and television has trained your brain to split its focus, which harms your attention span when you try to concentrate on one task. 

Stepping away from the screen for extended periods of time retrains your mind, increasing your attention span.

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Reduces Stress

Constantly checking your email and keeping up with social media takes a toll on your emotional wellbeing, whether you realize it or not.

Entertain yourself with other healthy hobbies, like exercising or reading, and your stress levels will drop. To really combat anxiety, try out some of Elements of Rockville Centre’s favorite ways to calm yourself down.

Improved Posture

Spending long periods of time slumped at a computer desk or staring down at your phone has adverse effects on your back, shoulders and neck. By removing the source of your poor posture, you can stand up straight, tall and confident.

Chances are, you spend a ton of time each day with your eyes glued to your smartphone or computer screen, sometimes even without realizing. Technology has become so central to our daily lives that it’s hard to switch off and relax. But the benefits of a digital detox may encourage you to put down your phone and live in the moment, rather than see it through a screen.

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How Long Should You Detox For?

As is the case with forming any other healthy habit, Elements of Rockville Centre recommends that you start small on your digital detox. Don’t be too ambitious—set a goal of 24 hours or so. As you wean yourself off of electronics, increase the time and enjoy the results.

So what are you waiting for? Log off of the device you’re reading this on and transform your consciousness for the better with a digital detox!

Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.

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