4 Steps for a Digital Detox27/05/2016
70 percent of Irish people have a smartphone and research indicates that we’re increasing our mobile moments more and more. It’s become second nature to take out our devices and start scrolling and browsing while we’re in the middle of doing something else. Here’s our advice on how to take a break from second screening and give your brain a chance to relax.
It’s important to ween yourself off your tech habits slowly at the start. Block off an hour a night in which you and your significant others keep your phones and tablets switched off. To make things easy on yourself, you can choose to make meal times device-free and enjoy a good chat and a family catch up.
Another tactic that you can try is to allocate specific times to check emails and other alerts. You don’t need to respond to every incoming communication instantly, why not check them all at once at 7pm, and leave any unchecked mails until the next day.
There are a lot of positives that have come from the advancement of social media. It has let us keep in touch with faraway friends, learn about news events in real time and it’s even let us brag about our amazing holidays and the odd celebrity encounter.
But let’s be honest, how many times have we checked for new alerts or notifications when nothing is coming in? It’s like opening the fridge and having a look when you’re not even hungry! If you’re taking a break from social, start off by disabling Facebook or Twitter from emailing you when you get a new notification.
A more serious step would be to disable your social media accounts for a fixed period of time. This doesn’t delete your profile, rather it ‘greys’ you out and takes your content offline until you choose to restore it again. Give it a try for a week and see if you miss it as much as you thought you would.
Never forget that consumption hinders creativity. We know it can be so tempting to crash on the couch and watch the latest Netflix show after a long day on the go, but do your mind and body some good by taking on some tech-free activities. Whether it’s three hours a week of regular exercise, getting into new craft ideas or learning a musical instrument, you can use your reclaimed time to give different parts of your mind (and body) a workout.
Or maybe start a hobby that doesn’t allow you to bring a phone along, why not try Stand Up Paddle boarding (Northwest Adventures Tours in Sligo is a perfect example) , where the risk of falling in will ensure your phone is tucked away on dry land for the duration of your breath-taking voyage!
If you haven’t shuddered at the thought of implementing any of these small, tech-free steps into your daily routine so far, then maybe you need a stronger, yet luxurious detox option.
Book yourself in for a relaxation weekend at a spa that encourages a digital detox. Take the Monart Destination Spa in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford for example. This five-star spa encourages guests to walk from garden, to room, to spa in comfortable robes, (that don’t have room for iPads). Satisfied reviewers of this ‘retreat away from stress’ have complimented Monart’s decision to only provide WiFi in the main house, thus encouraging guests to keep the devices switched off when wandering around the peaceful grounds.
While you’re at Monart, take advantage of the range of VOYA spa treatments on offer and treat yourself to some of the following: Lazy Days VOYA Detox Bath, VOYA Seaweed Body Buff, Dry Float Seaweed Leaf Wrap, VOYA Organic Seaweed Massage, the Lymphatic Stimulation Detox bath and the VOYA Organic Renewal Facial.
Browse our range of VOYA seaweed skincare products that will help you bring some tranquility of the spa into your home.
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