What can a digital detox do for you?

By James Alborough 1 year ago
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Do you ever feel guilty for being on your phone, or in front of screens too often?

In efforts to stay “plugged in” we have adopted distracting habits that minimize productivity and disconnect us from the life happening in front of us. Recent research shows that Social media appears to promote narcissism, smartphones could be causing insomnia, and screens seem to be making children less empathetic. These are troubling results, but they don’t have to define your life.

Wilbur offers you a place to disconnect from screens to reconnect to yourself with a digital detox. This is a period of time dedicated to refraining (or reducing) electronic devices such as smartphones or computers and an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

It is estimated that adults are spending over 11 hours per day interacting with media. This much screen time promotes a sedentary lifestyle lacking in sleep and (generally) promoting poor eating habits. That much screen time takes a toll on our bodies by drastically straining our eyes, causing frequent headaches.

A digital detox can provide:

Better Connection
Take this opportunity to slow down and cook a meal with people you love. Sit down around a table and focus on eye contact and meaningful conversation without phones around.

Improved Memory and Productivity
Without the mental distraction of smart phones, your memory capacity expands to retain more and increase in focus. This means a drastic increase in productivity. Win/win!

Better Sleep
Decreasing or eliminating screen time before bed allows your brain to enter into rest and promotes deeper, longer sleep.

Shift in Perspective
The constant pull of social media can skew our idea of what we need and want. When you give more space to thinking, creating, conversation etc, you’re left with what really matters. Often times after detoxes people gain new perspective that shifts the way they live their lives.

Spending time in forests, hiking in the mountains, and just being outside can lead to significant health benefits. Studies have shown that walking in the woods can improve blood pressure, boost mental health, and decrease cancer risk. So, go spend some time in nature to improve your health. We might know of a good place!

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