Disconnect to reconnect.
Digital detox refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress, focus more on true social interaction and connection with nature in the physical world.
Claimed benefits include increased mindfulness, lowered anxiety, and an overall better appreciation of one's environment. The best way to detox is by going into nature. Studies have shown that blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of "stress hormones" like Cortisol all decrease faster in natural settings. Depression, anger and aggressiveness are reduced in green environments and ADHD symptoms in children reduce when they play in green settings.
80% of smartphone users say checking their phone is the first thing they do in the morning.
Dr. Anna Lembke, a Stanford University psychiatrist and assistant professor in addiction medicine, says she is seeing a classic addictive pattern of behavior in many of her clients who compulsively use the Internet.
Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, a psychiatrist and the director of Stanford's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic, says there's also increasing physiological evidence that the use of the Internet can become addictive for some people. He says tolerance builds in people who compulsively use the Internet, just as it does with the use of hard drugs. He sees "people needing more and more time on a particular online video game to get the same kind of euphoric feeling."
Reduces depression, anxiety and insomnia in almost all cases.
UK psychologists have found a strong link between heavy internet use and depression. The research found that 1.2% of the surveyed 1,319 were internet addicts and many of were found to be suffering from depression. During a digital detox, you'll be able to restrict your internet use and you'll see the benefits. Sophie Corlett, of the mental health charity Mind, said: "Evidence suggests that active pursuits such as exercise and socialising with people face-to-face are among the factors that help us stay in good mental health."
Solitude grounds us to the world. It provides the stillness and quiet required to evaluate our lives and reflect on the message in our hearts. In a world where outside noise is coming quicker and louder than ever. True solitude and meditation will always require the intentional action of shutting off the noise and the screens.