Organization of work, social relationships, and commitments has been absorbed into the Internet’s sphere of influence. Your online life, on the other hand, can sometimes feel as if it’s interfering with your daily activities. In order to feel more directly connected to the world while disconnecting from devices, messaging, and social media, you can use these tools and strategies to help you feel more disconnected from technology.
Part 1 Designing Your Home Environment
1. Relocate your computers to a computer room or office that is specifically for this purpose. It is recommended that you keep all electronics out of your bedroom and another room or nook.
2. Make sure to store your chargers in the computer room. When a device needs to be recharged, it should be left in a separate room. It is possible for the sounds and vibrations from a charging device to disrupt an otherwise peaceful experience.
3. Electronics should not be allowed in your bedroom. Please do not bring your phone, tablet, or television into the building. Screens on electronic devices emit Blue light, which has been shown to disrupt sleeping patterns.
Because of their constant engagement with these gadgets, the majority of people are unable to get enough sleep in any case.
4. On weekends, you should turn off your alarm. Being able to get out of bed on your own several days a week may help you feel more fulfilled. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, use one hour of the time you would normally spend on the Internet to make up for lost sleep.
Adults who get seven to eight hours of sleep per day experience less stress and are in better health overall. In fact, a lack of sleep can impair the function of your immune system as well as increase your levels of anxiety.
5. You can use an online timer to remind you to take a break after 30 to 60 minutes of Internet use. Because time moves so quickly when you are absorbing information, it is possible that you are overusing electronic devices.
Part 2 Planning Non-Digital Activities
1. Take a long, hot bath. Pour a hot or cold beverage into a glass and relax in the bath. Light a candle and dim the lights as you prepare to relax and enjoy a soothing bathing experience. If you’re reading by candlelight, don’t strain your eyes. Even if they get wet, magazines are a good option for reading while in the bath or shower.
2. Invite your friends over, whether it’s via phone call or in person! Don’t use social media or text. Have a barbecue in the backyard.
3. Take a hike, get out of the city or the suburbs, and recharge your batteries. A recent study found that spending time in nature can help to improve problem-solving abilities and reduce stress. Carry your smart phone securely in your backpack (for safety’s sake) and refrain from touching it while on the hike.
4. Join a sports league, scrabble club or other group activity.
5. Make a “fortress of solitude” for yourself. Decide on one day per week when you will disconnect from the world. Inform your employer, family, and friends that you will not be able to use your phone. Prepare a tasty meal, read a book, or engage in some creative endeavour.
6. Create an off-the-grid group of people. Every week, set aside an hour to meet in person without the use of cell phones or computers. It will be easier to disconnect if you have someone to share the experience with.
7. Make a list of your interests and pastimes. If you can’t think of two or more hobbies that you enjoy doing both inside and outside the house, it’s possible that the Internet has taken the place of your healthy outlets for creativity and stress relief.
Start a craft project or enrol in a class.
8. Take at least two weeks of vacation each year; you don’t have to travel; you can opt for a “staycation.” Making preparations for the break well in advance will ensure that problems that arise while you are away are dealt with by someone else. When they return from their vacation, return the favour.
Part 3 Reducing Electronic Addiction
1. Electronics and the Internet should be treated as addictive substances. When someone likes your post on Facebook, endorphins are released in the same way that alcohol or food do. If you use the Internet for more than 30 hours per week, you should consider speaking with an addiction counsellor about your situation.
Suicidal thoughts are more likely to occur in people who spend more than 30 hours per week on the Internet for social interaction. People who use the Internet for social interaction are at a higher risk of suicide if they discontinue their use of the Internet. It is particularly detrimental to those who are forced to discontinue their use of the Internet.
2. Decide on one night per week when you will not be on call for work. If you work more than 40 hours per week, suggest to your team that they all have an off-call night where they don’t check their emails or take work calls from clients or coworkers.
3. Inviting family members to join you in your mission to disconnect will help you stay on track. Don’t put any pressure on them. To encourage defiance, you should get out of the house and ask your children to put their phones away when they are outside of the house instead of forcing them to give up their electronic devices.
4. Locate a location, such as a beach or state park, where you will not be able to receive cell phone service. Spend a few hours there once or twice a week to enjoy the forced disconnectivity.
5. At night, send a vacation reply to your email address. Set it to go off every night before you leave the office so that you don’t feel obligated to get back on your phone to respond to personal or professional emails when you get home.
Make a commitment to yourself to check your personal emails on one or two nights per week.
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