Answer this before you read on – When did you first check your phone today?
Hi! My name is Pranjali Jain, from Dainty Palms. I write about mental health and lifestyle- trying to inspire others and myself to be the best possible version of ourselves. Today I am going to share my experience and the importance of digital detox with y’all. Thank you, Olivia, for the opportunity to bring this forward!
A week ago, I did a seven-day long digital detox, wherein I shut my social media handles and my blog for a break. The pressure of posting anything, replying, and being active was too much to handle. And I think I am not the only one to face this. So, if your answer to the question was close to “within an hour of waking up”, you probably need a digital detox.
Half of our ‘first-world problems’ are consequent to the malaise of social media. The competition and peer pressure is inhumane.
So, if you:
- Check your phone the first thing in the morning
- Feel pressured to be active on your platforms
- Feel that your mind is cluttered and/or numb
- Feel you’re wasting seamless hours without realising
- Have the constant urge to pick up your phone
or anything else that you know is unhealthy for your mental space, you need a digital detox.
I can’t begin to explain the positive sides of this. Let me put it this way- you’ll save a ton of time, your mind won’t feel blocked and your eyes will definitely feel better.
Your mental peace shouldn’t be sacrificed at any cost. If your head isn’t in the right place, your body and life are far from it. So, cut out the negativity instead of pushing yourself to deal with it day in and day out. It’s an arduous task and not worth your time.
Here are some experiences that I went through-
1. THE IMPULSE TO OPEN SOCIAL MEDIA
After I deactivated my account, I indeed realized how much I used it. Every time I picked up my phone, I went to open Instagram, and then it hit me that I don’t have it. This happened around ten times a day for the first two days and it was eye-opening. After that, I veritably enjoyed the fact that my mindless scrolling was eliminated.
2. IMPROVEMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH
I felt a positive change in my physical and mental health almost immediately. Since my content consumption went down by like seventy percent, my head started to clear up. I would have taken a longer break but as a blogger, I had to get back. If you can, do a 14-day detox. Your mind will thank you for giving it a break.
3. SAVING TIME
Now I am not going to say that I felt more productive and used my time to work, because I didn’t. I used my time to relax, clean, write, and read. You don’t have to be super-productive to feel good about yourself. Simply cutting out all the noise from outside feels awesome.
This wasn’t my first digital detox. More than a year ago, I cut out social media altogether for around 10 months; and I gotta say, it was the best. If you think that you’ll suffer from FOMO, or you’ll be bored- that is all the more reason to do it. Because if you’re afraid of being alone with your thoughts, you need to be alone with your thoughts. If you think quitting cold turkey isn’t the way to go, I wrote a blog post on smart content consumption- check it out!
So, as you can clearly tell, I loved doing this detox. I am glad I got to share this experience because I think more and more people need to tend to their mental space and this is the most basic, first step.
Thank you all so much for reading and reaching this far! I hope you learned something and this blog post was worth your time. I had an amazing time working with Olivia- she is such a sweet soul. Comment down below if you have ever done or would want to do a digital detox soon!
Keep away from the noise and keep the positive vibes flowing,
Do you struggle with keeping off of your phone? Have you ever done a digital detox before? What was your experience?