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4 Simple And Practical Daily Actions To Start A Digital Detox

Swipe, tap, pay — all you need in life today is at your fingertips with the help of technology and a smartphone. Dr Kausthub Desikachar asks his readers, “Think you can get through a day without your smartphone or any other digital devices? Well, most of your answers would have been —Impossible, right? But, just like our body requires a detox, our brain needs a digital detox as a part of recovery, though we often don’t notice it. In this article, Dr Kausthub Desikachar shares 4 simple and practical daily actions to start a digital detox.

In this modernized era, we are connected with our devices, and we depend upon the devices from the start of the day until the moment we shut our eyes for sleep, from checking notifications as soon as we wake up, time spent on social media, ordering food, booking tickets, paying bills, watching movies, fixing a doc appointment — All that we need is a smartphone, that makes you and me ‘smart’. Dr Kausthub Desikachar says undoubtedly, smartphones have made our lives easy, comfortable and simple, but you ought to agree that it has made us lazy and addictive as well. 

There are plenty of healthy reasons you might require giving up your mobile phone and other devices for a brief time every day. 

  • About 79% of the people confessed to handling their smartphone as soon as they wake up in the morning, and 70% of them checked their phone as the last thing before hitting the bed in the night.
  • About 54% of the people had the urge to check their phones for notifications every few minutes.
  • 61% of the people felt irritated at the ‘No Internet Connection’ notification, and 51% of them said that the very thought of having no Internet for a day made them anxious.
  • About 52% of the population missed spending time with their families and cut down spending time on their hobbies because of more Internet time.

Reasons You Need a Digital Detox

  1. Technology can contribute to stress.
  2. Heavy usage of devices can interfere with the quality of your sleep and the time you sleep.
  3. Need to set a balance between work life and your time with loved ones.
  4. Resist the temptation to check messages, like, comment and counts on social media accounts.
  5. To break the depression after comparing your life to your friends, celebs and total strangers on social media. Comparisons can be the thief of your joy.

4 Simple And Practical Daily Actions To Start A Digital Detox

1.Buy A Real Alarm Clock

79% of the people use their smartphones to set up alarms and habitually check their smartphones first thing in the morning. It’s beneficial if you can leave your phone outside the bedroom at night and instead buy a physical alarm clock that helps you eliminate mobile phone usage in the morning, which could also help tweak your morning routine to have a better day.

2.Turn Off Push Notifications

Acquiring constant updates on what’s happening in the world is enlightening—but it can also be distracting if you get interrupted three to five times or more in an hour. One easy fix is to turn off your push notifications and check your messages or apps directly in your leisure time.

3.Limit Usage Of Smartphones In Certain Areas Of House

Many of us feel empty without having our mobiles next to us, but taking breaks from technology can do wonders for our well-being. Plan a specific time free from gadgets each day, like when eating lunch, having some time with family, etc. Most people feel good after the change and try to expand it. 

4.Read Books Before You Sleep

Dr Kausthub Desikachar says reading a book feels more satisfying than reading e-books on kindle or scrolling through social media. Researches say that our mind processes information more effectively when we read from a paper. Additionally, you’ll also have a good night’s sleep. 

Conclusion

Dr Kausthub Desikachar says in this modern era, it’s practically absurd to stay away from technology as it has remained firmly rooted in our generation and has been part of our lives for years now. But just like they say that too much of everything gets terrible, technology has its downfalls and obsession, leading to a harmful and unhealthy lifestyle.

Let’s take charge and follow the 4 simple and practical daily actions to start a digital detox, resist our temptations, and lead a healthy lifestyle altogether!
So, would you be brave enough to take a detox challenge?

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Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Viniyoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. He is also an avid photographer, inspirational writer and poet.

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