How many times do you check your phone in a day? Multiple times, right?
Smartphones have become the easiest device that connects you virtually with the rest of the world. Besides, there are computers, digital TV and other devices that keep you engaged for the entire day, cutting back the time which you can spend with your loved ones.
Honestly, this needs to stop!
Almost 45.12% of the global population use smartphones and the percentage is likely to rise in the near future. Hence, digital detox is encouraged to stop people from turning into cyber zombies.
What is Digital Detox?
Digital Detox is the state that restricts an individual from using digital equipment so that they can restore harmony and balance in personal life. This sort of detoxification is mainly done to avoid being excessively obsessed with mobile phones and digital gadgets.
Benefits of Digital Detox
Here are a few reasons why digital detox is essential for our lives.
Eliminates anxiety and depression: A research shows that teenagers who are addicted to mobile phones have higher scores in anxiety, depression, insomnia, and impulsive behavior. Studies further state that daily use of social media platforms increases the level of depression in students, causing an impact on their self-esteem. To get rid of this, cut ties with all your devices and go for a retreat.
Builds healthier relationships: In the era of the Internet, we often forget to meet and talk to people. Whether you are out on a date or enjoying a party, all you care about is Instagram and Facebook stories. You fail to realize that people around you need your time and attention. Clinging to the digital space for a long time hampers your personal relationships. Once you abstain from these activities, you can gradually focus on your partner, family, and friends, thus improving your social connections.
Gives you more outdoor times: The more you spend time on gadgets, the lesser time you have for outdoor activities. According to a study, people who are glued to their cell phones are more likely to develop certain health issues, such as obesity, fatigue and so on. Limiting screen time and replacing it with healthier activities will keep all health problems at bay.
How to do a Digital Detox?
An ideal way where you detoxify yourself is travel.
Turn off your mobile phones, switch off your tablet and take a tour of places that have nature, architecture, backwaters, canals and even wildlife.
You guessed it right!
Nothing can beat the experience of traveling to the states of Kerala and Telangana to cease you from getting attached to digital equipment.
For many travelers, traveling South has given them a serene experience. From enjoying the sight of ancient temples and architecture in Telengana to staying in a treehouse with a romantic arrangement in Munnar, traveling is by far the best method to restrict the use of screen time.
Though you may feel really anxious and frustrated initially when you disconnect from technology, the feeling soon goes away with acceptance, enjoyment, and liberation.
Talking to local people, hiring a tour guide, socializing with other tourists will keep you focused on the surroundings, rather than getting distracted by incoming calls and notifications.
Beaches like Kovalam and Varkala among others is the perfect destination for people looking to rejuvenate from stress. There are many Ayurveda centers in Kerala that help repair the mind, body, and soul in ancient ways. You can try a stay at a nature resort to get the best digital detox experience.
Thekkady in Kerala, Kinnerasani, Mrugavani National Park and KBR National park in Telangana has been a clarion call for travelers across the world for decades. Telangana and Kerala are an assault on the senses and you will not miss your gadgets during your stay there.
The quaint tourist destinations of Munnar, LakhnavaramCheruvu, Kanakai waterfalls, Wayanad, and Alleppiare are a great way to soak in the lush greenery and exotic waterfalls and water bodies.
Digital-free tourism is on the rise. Many travelers reported that they were given brilliant guidance and advice from locals and learned more about hidden beaches in Kerala or regional dishes to try in Hyderabad which are not mentioned in travel guides or websites.
The rich flora has the bio-diversity that encourages you to nestle in nature and cut off from the world. The silence pervades the soul making it still and calm. Enjoy the solitude and serenity that nature offers.
Technology is incredible and its benefits are huge in so many aspects of day-to-day life. However, it has also snatched some of the beautiful moments of our lives.
Therefore, if you’re able to unplug and have some time away from the screen then it’ll surely leave you re-energized and more in touch with the world around you.
As Anne Lammott quotes, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”