National Day of Unplugging

Making a digital detox work for you

Technology is great, right? From the moment we wake up in the morning, to the point our head rests on the same pillow at night, technology plays a massive role in our day to day lives. It keeps us up to date with everything from news around the world to updates on our friends and families lives, not to mention the huge impact it has on our working lives.  

But there comes a time when technology can have a negative impact on our lives. Not only can excessive use of our devices disrupt our sleep cycles, it can also encourage anxiety and lead to impulsivity.  

While technology is well and truly here to stay, there are plenty of ways that we can use it to our advantage, making the most of it’s positive effects and minimising the negatives 

What is National Day of Unplugging  

The first Friday of March every year, also known as National Day of Unplugging is the perfect excuse to close the laptop, put the phone in a drawer and enjoy the simplicity of a technology free day. The campaign encourages uses to take a 24 hour break from technology in favour of experiences of self improvement or an opportunity to grow our connection with others. 

Why should I take part?

We get it – 24 hours is a long time to avoid binging the latest Netflix series while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. But hear us out: taking a break can do wonders for your health and well being. Taking short, mindful breaks from the screen can lead to improved sleep, a surge in productivity and reduced stress. If 24 hours seems like a lot, why not try taking short breaks throughout the day and see what a difference it makes.   

Ok, I’m in! How can I take a break from technology? 

It might seem like a simple question but breaking habits can be hard, so we’ve listed our top tips for spending your time away from the computer.  

1. Get outdoors  

The graphics outdoor are far superior to any device, but that’s not all! Regular walks can not only improve mental and physical health, but will also give you the mental headspace to reflect on any issues or obstacles that have been holding you back. Chances are, by the time you sit back down at your computer, these obstacles will seem a lot easier tackle. 

2. Spend some time with Family or Friends 

It’s easy to throw a like or comment across social media and keep up to date with the lives of our loved ones through a scren but human connection needs more to help us thrive. Take an hour to pop in on a friend or relative to catch up properly, and you’ll both feel the benefits of it.  

3. Try something new  

That hobby you’ve been putting off, now is the perfect time to try it. Hit the gym, read that book, journal…the opportunities are endless! Maybe you’ll find a fantastic new pastime, or maybe you won’t, but either way you’ve spent your time productively and eventually you’ll find that hidden gem.  

4. Get to work, the old school way 

We get it, you’d love to take some time to yourself and feel the benefits of a digital detox, but your work to-do list Is through the roof and deadlines are looming. Why not try working without technology? Grab a pen and paper and get to work. Use this time to brainstorm ideas for a new product, create a to-do list or write that blog you’ve been putting off.  

5. Create a new habit 

Unplugging for 24 hours can seem like a lot. If this seems like too big a task to conquer, why not spread the day over a longer period and create a digital detox habit. Spend an hour a day closing the laptop in favour of a walk with the dog, or leave your phone in another room when you head to bed so you won’t be tempted to scroll after hours. According to healthline, it takes on average 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic, so it’ll be a part of your daily routine in no time.  

Whatever your approach, taking a break from technology can provide endless benefits. Why not try taking a break this National Unplugging Day and see how it benefits you?  For more ideas on how take part in a digital detox check out Unplug Collaborative.

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If you’re looking to reduce your time spent on digital, we can help! Get in touch for your free 30 minute consultation to see how we can manage your social media, giving you more time to enjoy digital detoxing.