Technology plays a huge role in our lives. We cannot imagine getting through each day without our many devices. They help our lives move faster and give the world connection at our fingers, but at the same time, they can have a negative impact on our lives. Moreover, from much research, media multitasking can be damaging to our brains.
If you find your mental peace at unrest, difficult to focus on one device at a time, or physical issues such as office syndrome or sore eyes, then it may be time for you to take a digital detox.
Digital detox refers to a period when a person voluntarily refrains from using digital technology, such as smartphones, computers and social media platforms. This form of detoxification has gained popularity as individuals have increased the time spent on digital devices. It is no secret that the social media excitement has become out of control and studies are now showing that social media use can lead to depression, low self-esteem, body image issues, anxiety, social isolation and the list goes on.
If you find it difficult to go on a total retreat from the digital world then it might help to start with a small set of goals first. Being digital-free for twenty-four hours is a good goal but for some people even a half-day will help them to de-stress.
Here are some simple tips to begin the process from Aashly Jayan, Health and Wellness Advisor at Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som:
- Turn off notifications during working hours
- Convert your screen settings to black and white
- Put away your phone during meals
- Designate tech-free hours
- Make your bedroom free from all gadgets and turn off Wi-Fi at bedtime
- Limit yourself to one screen at a time
- Change your notifications and unsubscribe from email newsletters that clutter your inbox
“If you are feeling fine about your technology habits, there is no need to guilt yourself into a social media cleanse. But if your affinity for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat is causing you stress or getting in the way of your life, then taking a break may be helpful. You can try mindful activities such as yoga, gardening, cooking or walking. These activities seem so simple but they allow our minds time to be creative, ponder, have eureka moments and to feel comfortable in our own company.” suggested Aashly.
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som will be the first resort in Qatar to incorporate the pioneering digital detoxing concept, where the use of mobile phones and digital equipment is restricted in an effort to inspire families and individuals to reconnect with themselves and with surrounding nature.
At both resorts, guests are able to use their electronic devices within their guest rooms. When outdoors and in the resort’s public areas and wellness facilities, they are encouraged to ‘disconnect and reconnect’ with themselves, people, experience nature, take part in wellness activities, enjoy physical exercise and practice mindfulness.
By Dr. Aashly Pulikkal Jayan - Health & Wellness Advisor at Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som
For further information about Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, please visit www.zulal.com