The fairy lights may be on, but isn’t it time you switched off for a while?
When it comes to understanding the impact that the digital revolution has had upon our lives, the jury is now very much in. Studies show that while life in many ways seems more convenient, the cost to our brains and moods is increasingly evident in our lack of focus, decrease in productivity, and our sense of (ironically) being disconnected from our fellow humans. There are even signs that social media is making our children less empathetic and more irascible.
So now we’re staging an intervention and have decided to put ourselves on a digital detox. And considering the usual Christmas email slowdown, we can think of no better time than the season of goodwill to put down our smartphones and really connect with our friends and family. Here’s how…
The safety net: Tuning out of our digital lives can be daunting – and the idea of missing out on messages from friends, family and colleagues, frankly terrifying. So plot the dates of your digital detox in advance and create yourself a safety net: Use only one main communication method. We would suggest your smartphone (for calls only!) or your email. All social media should be out of bounds. You might want to put an out-of-office on your email or a voicemail on your smartphone that tells people you’re off radar for a while and gives them your home phone number in case of emergencies. That will save you from any missed call or email anxiety.
Unplug: Humans are instinctively lazy creatures. Have your mobile to hand and the chances are you’ll check it all the time. But turn off that phone, tablet, laptop and Kindle (unless you’re really reading that novel!) and put them in a place that’s a bit of a hassle to get to, (attic, top of the wardrobe, back of a jam-packed cupboard) and it’ll be easier not to get it than it will be to hunt it down again.
Hit the wall: Like running a marathon, there will be a moment when you hit the wall. When you’re just itching to send a WhatsApp message, or have serious fear of missing out on what’s going on on Instagram. But push through it by distracting yourself with a physical activity – baking, running, even cleaning – and work out that frustration until you begin to revel in your newfound peace.
Tiny tweaks: When your detox comes to a close and you need to reintegrate technology back into your life, make some small but significant tweaks. Turn off push notifications on your phone to stop constant Twitter and Instagram updates; Download Chrome’s Stay Focused App that forces you to limit time on certain websites, (yes we do mean you Facebook); Or create yourself ‘email windows’ throughout the day when you’re allowed to enter your inbox. Over in the U.S brands such as Kovert Designs and Ringly are even creating jewellery that links to your phone via Bluetooth then tells you when a key person contacts you – so you don’t have the constant ‘look, look and look again’ temptation when you actually hold your mobile in your hand. Watch this space for UK counterparts…
The un-digitalised lifestyle: Like losing weight, reducing your reliance on technology is a long-term lifestyle choice – not a crash diet. So introduce a family digital-free zone at weekends. Unplug completely on holidays – and always, always have a cut-off point two hours before bedtime to help your household get a better night’s sleep.
Happy, peaceful Christmas!
Here’s how to detox your body as your de-clutter that mind…
You’ve detoxified your mind, now how about detoxifying your body? This programme includes Cleansing Deep Drainage, Invigorating Cal Metab, Contouring Silhouette, and Energy Vitality capsules containing vitamins, minerals and trace elements to get your body looking and feeling at its best.
Body Detox Skin Brush: Brush away the day with those extra minutes you’ve claimed not staring at a screen. Before you hop in the shower, take some time to dry brush the skin in circular or upward motions on your arms and legs and get your circulation going. Your skin will be exfoliated and your lymph system stimulated meaning you’ll feel less sluggish.
Cellutox Active Body Oil: After that shower, massage this detoxifying oil into your skin which has been prepped with all that brushing. Focus on the thighs, and work into the skin to break up cellulite. Take a moment to inhale the Lemon and Juniper aromatics.