Take Digital Detoxification Doses Everyday

Apply strategies like totally unplugging half an hour before bed time, the living room or any other area of the house should be a no-screen zone, there should be digital device free family activity like cooking or reading together.

If it had not been for the digital support, sailing through the pandemic would not have been easy. Digital devices became not just a mode of passing time but to coordinate across our social circuit to find help for friends and relatives needing support like covid-19 plasma or oxygen cylinders. However, when the unnecessary time-pass in the digital world takes over our necessities is something which is hard to identify and we start losing touch with the beautiful real world that is around us. Probably this is why digital detoxification is highly important. Moreover, it has been found by studies that excessive digital consumption hampers our physical and mental well-being. 

The more we use social media, the more dissatisfied we are with our lives 

There have been many research studies over the years that indicate that we are less satisfied with life if we consume too much social media. As individuals we have the habit of feeling that the grass is greener on the other side. Someone who is good at projecting even the slightest life-happiness with accelerated pomp and glory can easily fill us up with inferiority complex. In comparison we find our own happiness much smaller, when there is no need to feel that way as everyone’s journey is different

Games should be physical but sadly everyone was hooked to online games even before the pandemic

A disorder called gaming disorder has been identified by the World Health Organization. It finds a mention in the 11th edition of International Classification of Disease Manual released by WHO. This new disorder is being compared to be as harmful for mental health as substance abuse or drug addiction. American Psychiatric Association has pointed out that the brain in gaming disorder reacts and gets obsessive in a similar manner as that of a person who suffers from addictions to substances like drugs. 

Why digital detoxification is necessary

We just have 24 hours in a day. If we are giving more time to something digitally then naturally, we would have to undermine time that we could spend in rest of the things. The things that get undermined due to time crunch is of course lesser exercise, lesser communication with family members even when they are staying under the same roof. There is not just less of physical exercising but less exercising of creativity due to senile life on excessive screen time. 

How to achieve digital detox 

Training the mind to limit screen time is very important. One will have to set clear boundaries for oneself. One should find out techniques to motivate oneself to indulge in activities which are outside the digital realm. There should be clear timings for unplugging oneself every day. One can take help of friends and family by telling them to purposely distract their mind from time to time by talking to digitally obsessive individuals instead of allowing him or her to be lost in the digital world. 

Immediately coming back to the digital detoxification mode would not be easy. Taking baby steps and leaping into the bigger goal would be a more effective strategy. Work on the improvements week by week - from small steps to large steps. The to-do-list of digital detoxifications should include totally unplugging half an hour before bed time, the living room or any other area of the house should be a no-screen zone rather than a family time zone, there should be digital device free family activity like cooking or reading together.

We follow a certain culture right from the time we land into a family immediately after our birth. The culture of less screen time, more family time, areas where screen is not allowed and totally unplugging during meals and before sleep time are good family cultures that should be inculcated in individuals right from childhood.

Tags : #medicircle #editorspick #digitaldetoxification #familytime #lessdigitaltime #lessscreentime #digitaldetox

About the Author

Amrita Priya

The love for life-long learning brings me to this platform. There can be nothing better than learning from the experts when; it comes to; the domain of wellness and health-care. I am a writer who has loved exploring different mediums for the past two decades, be it the expression of ideas through books, magazine columns, newspaper articles, or digital content. This project is yet another satisfying avenue that keeps me hooked to the art of disseminating valuable information and in, this process enhancing the lives of fellow human beings and myself. You can write to me at [email protected]

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...

Trending Now

Dr. Rohan Palshetkar shares his invaluable insights about the Maternal Mortality Rate causes and improvements in India April 29, 2021
It is important to adopt a non-judgmental attitude towards any teenage girl seeking contraceptive advise suggests Dr. Teena Trivedi, Obstetrician and GynecologistApril 16, 2021
80% of the diseases are psychosomatic which means they have roots in the mind and this is where homeopathy steps in - It resolves physical ailments by finding the cause in the mind – Dr. Sanket Dhuri, Consultant Homeopath April 14, 2021
A futuristic Vision of a Healthcare Entrepreneur: Shyatto Raha, CEO, and Founder of MyHealthcareApril 12, 2021
Saher Mehdi, Founder and Chief Scientist at wellOwise talks about aspects making healthcare more equitable and reachableApril 10, 2021
Wide variety of therapies to address autism in children explained by Dr. Shilpa Jasubhai, Clinical PsychologistApril 09, 2021
Allopathic and Homeopathic medicines should not be taken together says Dr. Sunil Mehra, Homeopath ConsultantApril 08, 2021
The charm of homeopathic medicine is that it can be taken with conventional medicines – Dr. Shruthi Shridhar, Consulting Homeopath April 08, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder and associated concepts explained by Dr. Vinod Kumar, Psychiatrist and Head of Mpower - The Centre (Bangalore) April 07, 2021
Dissociative Identity Disorder explained by Dr. Shilpa Jasubhai, Clinical PsychologistApril 05, 2021
Sehat Ki Baat, Karishma Ke Saath- Episode 6 Healthy Diet For Boosting Metabolism Which Can Help Thyroid Patients April 03, 2021
Significant Pointers on Kidney Health by Dr. Santosh Waigankar, Consultant Urooncologist and Robotic Surgeon at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani HospitalApril 01, 2021
Dr. Vaishal Kenia, Ophthalmologist Talks About the Different Possibilities Available for the Treatment of Glaucoma Depending Upon Their Type and SeverityMarch 30, 2021
No Definitive Role of Diet in Treatment of Lymphedema but Intake of Calories, Salt and Long Chain Fatty Acids should be controlled says Dr. Ramani CVMarch 30, 2021
Dr. Kiran Chandra Patro, Senior Nephrologist Talks About Dialysis as the Temporary Process and Not a Permanent Cure for the Patients of Renal DysfunctionMarch 30, 2021
Two out of three new chronic kidney disease patients are found to have diabetes or hypertension informs Dr. Sreeharsha HarinathaMarch 30, 2021
Glaucoma Treatment: Medications or Surgery? A valuable piece of advice from Dr. Pranay Kapdia, Chairman and Medical Director of Kapadia Eye CareMarch 25, 2021
Dr. Shraddha Satav, Consultant Ophthalmologist Recommends that Everybody After 40, Should Go for the Complete Eye Checkup at Regular IntervalMarch 25, 2021
Childhood Obesity is not a Disease but a Condition which can be very well ManagedMarch 19, 2021
World Sleep Day - 19 th March 2021- Know More About Healthy Sleep As Per The Guidelines by The World Sleep Society March 19, 2021