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BREAKING YOUR DIGITAL ADDICTION? TRY THIS DIGITAL DETOX.

June 7th, 2017 | 4 comments

Break digital addiction- take a digital detox

Has this ever happened to you… Someone you love is talking to you, but you didn’t hear a word they said because you were busy on the phone?

I feel so bad when this happens.

The most recent time was I was busy checking my emails when my husband gave me a kiss on the cheek, Said “I love you” and walked out the bathroom door to start his day.

It wasn’t until he left the room my mind registered what he just said and I quickly blurted out an “I love you.”

Talk about a major unmindful moment on my part.

I was so guilty of my lack of attention, I started to think how many other moments of genuine connection have I missed hypnotized behind my digital device?

I know I’m not alone on this.

Let’s face it, most of us are addicted to our phones. I know I was!

Anytime we hear an incoming buzz we get a shot of dopamine- a neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure of novelty. It’s the same neurochemical hit when we fall in love or on hard drugs.

The biggest drawback of this addiction. Wasting valuable moments of our life, losing moments of deep communication and missing precious memories with our loved ones

So in today’s article, I’m going to help you fully enter your life and break your digital addiction by sharing the small baby steps I used to break my addiction.

If you need to reconsider your relationship with your phone, keep reading. I’ll share 4 simple ways you can infuse a small digital detox into your life RIGHT NOW.

 

4 WAYS TO INCORPORATE A DAILY DIGITAL DETOX

addicted to social media? try this

It’s incredible how mindlessly we can pick up our phone and immediately click on Facebook or Instagram without even knowing it.

When I noticed I automatically clicked on Facebook when I picked up my phone even when I didn’t want to go on it, I came up with an idea.

I grouped together all my Social Media apps and put them on the second page of my iPhone. That way I didn’t have big icons staring at me right when I opened my phone enticing me to go on. I did this nearly a year ago and it’s certainly helped me create a healthy space between me and social media.

That small pocket of space I need to scroll to the second page broke my knee-jerk reaction to click on Facebook. I ask myself do I really need to go on for a specific purpose or am I just bored?

Now, unless I have a business purpose or I want to connect with my Mod-Zen Mama or Mindful Mama Experience tribe, I rarely waste time getting sucked into mindlessly scrolling on Facebook.

take a FAMILY TIME BREAK

I noticed that if it wasn’t social media, checking emails, texting or scrolling through pictures was also a big time zap.

Sometimes it’s a necessity for work, but many times it’s something that can wait. We have very limited time during the day to spend with our kids, let’s maximize it by taking a family break.

For me, I declared 5-8PM no phone zone. I would put my phone on vibrate, place it in a drawer where it is out of sight. This was designated for quality family time.

This one tip has boosted my confidence and happiness ten-fold. Knowing I’m making giving my undivided to the people who matter, helps me create daily memories with them. I feel proud that I’m setting a good example for Ayaan and letting him know that being present with him is something I prioritize.

Ask yourself, what time period of the day can you set aside as no phone zone. Even if it’s 30 minutes or on hour. Whatever you set aside, make sure you maximize that time with your family. Start making simple daily memories.

stop sleeping together

I know you may use your phone as your alarm clock but studies are started to show that the radiation from cell phones may disturb sleep if they are too close to you. So I suggest keeping your phone in a different room to charge at night and use a separate alarm clock in the morning. Or if you can’t part with your phone keep your phone across the room. That way you aren’t tempted to surf the first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

morning and evening mental breaks

That leads us to the last detox tip. How we start our morning and end our day sets the foundation of how our day goes and how we sleep. If we are overstimulating and bombarding our mind by surfing from the moment we get up and go to bed, we can’t relax, find stillness and tune our inner peace.

Make an intention not to surf the web, check emails or texts at least 15 minutes in the morning after you wake up and putting your phone away at least 15 minutes before you go to bed. This gives your mind a mental break to tune into your body, mind, and soul as you begin and start your day. You can even start small with just 5 minutes a day and work up to a time period that feels comfortable for you.

There are definite benefits from taking some time away from your devices and breaking your digital addiction.

You’ll have more time connecting with your family and the people you love. You won’t feel stressed that you don’t have enough time to complete all your daily tasks and you’ll allow more time to be present and focused on what’s happening in your life right here and right now.

Now I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

If you’re ready to reconsider your relationship with your phone, share one digital detox tool you are going to commit to the practice of the next 14 days to help you break your digital addiction?

Share it with us so we can hold you accountable. If you want more support, join our Mod-Zen Mama Facebook Tribe where we are doing a 7 day digital detox party starting on June 12th.

To being addiction free!

 

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4 people have commented
  1. I’m charging my phone in the other room from now on. I’m so bad, I actually check social media if I wake up in the middle of the night!

    • Have you tried the charging the phone in the other room yet Shelly?! Curious to see how it’s been going!

      It’s actually also beneficial that there is no cell phone radiation when you sleep. Makes for more sounder and restful sleep!

  2. I will definitely start charging my phone away from my nightstand and love the idea of a no-phone zone for the dinner hour. I do use my phone to connect to others as I’m mostly home with the kids so I find it hard to balance the undivided time toward my kids and the connections with other moms and friends via text. Usually there is a lot of coordinating that happens on text too so I have trouble drawing the line for that stuff as well!

    • That’s amazing Rose that you’ll be given it a try!

      I truly believe starting small and taking little steps is the key for success.

      So your desire to get comfortable with no cell phones at dinner is a great start. And even the no sleeping with phones is great.

      Get comfortable with that before you attempt changing your daily routine with the phone for work during the day.

      I feel you mama! Having an online business that’s a tough one to manage but over time when you create space with your phone you can become more intentional about the time you spend online.

      I actually set a timer on my phone cause it’s so easy to get caught up in social media land. It helps me stay on track on how much time I want to spend. And I make sure I spend equal amount of time connecting and being present with my family for the exact amount I was on social media.

      That really helped me get clear and conscious how I spent my time online and with my family. Maybe that will serve you!

      Come back and keep me posted how the detox goes for you 🙂

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