When you live in a busy work environment in our digital society, chances are you’re geared for efficiency. This means you have applications to use for work and in order to perform. Outside of work, however, you also have a myriad of apps to check in order to ensure you’re in the loop.
Unfortunately, too much of everything isn’t good – so how exactly do you unwind, then a digital society needs you to rely on gadgets all the time?
Unwind When You Have To Multitask
“Digital detox” is important as there are noticeable health implications when you don’t take time off screens, keyboards, and monitors. Your brain never gets the chance to sleep, so it always acts as if it needs to do everything at once.
This is why you sometimes experience being burnt out, and it’s not a good thing.
According to Alan Oviatt’s blog, Earl Miller from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the brain isn’t geared for multitasking.
In fact, we’re just really doing tasks very quickly, and this is bound to have consequences.
- “Multitasking” is related to our brains releasing a lot of adrenaline, a hormone normally associated with the fight or flight response. This is also attributed to stress.
- Unfortunately, constant exposure to videos, messages, and audio clips from social networking sites also overload our brains with dopamine, or the “happy” hormone, that makes us “addicted” to these apps.
- These constant appearances of hormones is extremely harmful to the brain.
How? Work Needs Technology!
The question on “digital detox” now falls on the fact that we actually need technology to function in today’s society.
- We actually spend one time in every six and a half minutes just to check our phone. This amounts to almost 200 times a day.
Here are some tips for you to “unwind” from excess digital exposure.
Remove Unnecessary Apps
Perhaps the most important element in this process is to remove all the unnecessary apps you don’t need much in your life.
- If for instance, you have a means to check and talk with friends, you can actually remove Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from your list of apps.
- Sometimes we fail to admit that we only check these apps because we have an incessant want to, not because we need to.
- If we really need to check on them once in a while, it’s also safe to move the browsers away from your primary screen.
Get An Old Phone
If you’re dedicated to unwinding, try perhaps to get an old phone that is still capable of calls and texts.
- Should your work permit you to do everything you want in your off hours, this is actually useful. Co-workers and workmates and friends can still reach you through your phone, you just have no way to stay online.
- This allows you to dedicate your time to the Internet to all tasks for work.
Focus On One Thing At A Time
Multitasking may seem extremely useful, but this won’t do you good in the long run. Instead, do something called “deep work.” This means truly focusing all your effort in doing just one thing.
- This is more often useful as you have all the attention you need for the task at hand.
- You can now do things a bit faster, and with the optimum level of quality you need.
Try To Step Away
If you have the time, try to take breaks every 15 minutes away from your computer, mobile phone, or tablet. This allows you to rest your eyes and exercise the muscles you have in your body.
- If you don’t do these. the lack of activity in your muscles can have a detrimental effect on your health.
- It’s best to try to enjoy the outdoors for a while. Take walks, enjoy parks, and try to appreciate the serenity of nature.
Keep Gadgets Away From Sleep
If you’re in your bedroom, try to keep your gadgets away from you. This is because you tend to check on these technologies often, so you won’t get enough time for sleep.
- If possible, try dedicating a room for your gadgets, so you can have time to meditate and truly be with yourself.
It’s sometimes hard to take a break from technology given the society we live in, but it’s sometimes more important to take care of our well-being before prioritizing work. After all, how can you work if you can’t stay healthy?
What’s important is a matter of balancing your workplace life and your private life, and to balance just how often you use and rely on technology.