From watches that ping with each new notification, to the social media feeds we can’t stop scrolling through, there’s no denying that we’re more digitalized than ever. The age of digitalization has brought us many benefits, but we often find ourselves in stressful situations due to the constant information overload.
As a digital marketing agency team, we are constantly trying to find a balance between the unavoidable exposure to the digital world and the need to rest from it. Here are some tips from our experience for those of you who find yourselves in the same situation.
Set a phone-free time for yourself
Research published by the University of Chicago found that even if cell phones are turned off, turned face down or put away, their mere presence reduces people’s cognitive capacity. Exercise, dog walks, meals, reading time – all of them can be the perfect opportunity to drop your phone, lose the distraction, and relax.
Limit push notifications on your phone
Have you ever let push notifications on your phone pile up just because you don’t have the time or patience to read more or focus on them at the moment? Being faced with a number of notifications, from digital media to phone apps, that are waiting for you each time when you look at your phone can often make you feel anxious and stressed out. So go to your phone settings and make sure that you are notified only with the information necessary for your daily schedule.
Decreasing the screen light will make your phone less attractive, or more difficult to use which will help you limit your screen time to only when you have to.
If you decide that you need a digital detox, it would also be a good idea to let your family and friends know that you are detoxing from digital media, and even your phone sometimes, so they would understand and not expect immediate responses all the time. This will help you carry on with your daily routines and tasks stress-free and focused.
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