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Unplugging to Recharge: Have You Tried a Digital Detox Day?

It's easy to get caught up in (addicted to?) the constant flow of digital information. But have you ever taken a Digital Detox Day, where you consciously disconnect from technology? For those who havem share your experiences! How does it feel to step away from screens and notifications for a day? Does it provide a sense of rejuvenation, mental clarity, or a chance to focus on other activities? Share your insights, tips, and any positive impacts that a digital detox day has had on your life.

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Mike Stemle

Yeah, I tend to find that good books are a marvelous tool for this. I know it seems cheesy to recommend reading books, but I think it's important that we find things to love about life that have nothing to do with electronics.

People, books, food, cooking, a good conversation, building community, all very important things.

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Jonathan Apodaca

I've been reading a really thought-provoking book (The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry) that has gotten me thinking more deeply about just how prevalent digital intrusion has been in my life. I'm still working through the book and deciding what a solution would look like, but the title of this post reminded me to keep thinking about what ways I can focus on what's important.

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Nicolas Leblanc

I've been working towards digital detox for almost the past 6 years. Earlier this year there's been a breakthrough in my life; For the first time, I was able to disconnect truthfully for a whole week. In the past, I was able to completely disconnect for over a week, but it cost me great effort and constant determination. After a while of completely fighting my "addiction", I would become too tired to continue the fight, and I would succumb back to binge watching youtube.

However, I've finally learned to accept the discomfort that came with disconnecting, and I was able to face my emotion. The result was absolutely destabilizing to me; Whereas I thought that I would be feeling better when I would disconnect (IE: less stressed, more happy), I found out I was greatly depressed... It turns out I was addicted to digital information because I was using such high stimulus to numb my thoughts and feelings.

So, in conclusion, I've been 50 days without a relapse now, and it's getting better all the time, but it truly is a test of my mental and emotional strength. For me, the problem is not technology, it is what ever unpleasant part(s) of my life I am avoiding by numbing myself WITH technology (similar to how an alcoholics drinks to forget about their problems). So yeah a digital detox is great for your health, but it's not a magic solution to all your problems.

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Digital detox definitely makes me feel more grounded. I am able to concentrate better and plan better. And yes, it is good for soothing sore eyes too 😊

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Mary Andree

I often find myself thinking that it is difficult for me to concentrate, I think this is due to the abundance of fast content. We are not used to focusing on something for more than 15 seconds or so.