These days, it’s all too common to hear people talk about how much time they spend mindlessly scrolling the internet on their phone or laptop. But what can we do about it? Some people are turning to “digital detoxes." This involves resetting your reliance on digital devices by committing to a period of time without using them. It can help to identify unhealthy habits in your usage of digital technology and provide an opportunity to fix them. Whether for a few days or a few months, a digital detox is a great way to de-stress and reconnect with other important areas in your life. While it isn’t necessary for a digital detox, a holiday away from home is the perfect opportunity to practice this for yourself. Here are some of the ways to get the most out of a digital detox holiday.
It’s well understood that getting out into nature does wonders for your mental and physical well-being. It’s a great way to remind yourself how much there is to explore outside the confines of your screen! Lace up those hiking boots and look into the regional parks and reserves near your holiday destination. Take the time to connect with the reassuring feeling of earth underfoot and listen to the trees rustling in the breeze.
Do the things you love – or try something new!
A digital detox holiday is a great opportunity to rediscover enthusiasm for your hobbies. It gives you the freedom to spend your time how you please, without pesky notifications distracting you. These conditions are ideal to commit more effort into your favorite pastimes. If you’re a history buff, look up the local museums and heritage sites of your holiday destination. Without digital distractions, you can fully immerse yourself in the rich and unique local heritage!
It’s also a chance to invest in new interests. Be impulsive and spontaneous – see what’s on in the local community and get outside your comfort zone. Who knows, taking a class on a whim could lead to finding your next life-long passion!
Meet the locals
Speaking of community, meeting with the locals while on holiday is a great way to forge new friendships. Don’t be shy! Head down to a local hang-out spot and introduce yourself. You could learn about a whole new lifestyle, or establish friendships which will last a lifetime! It’s a great reminder that socializing face-to-face is so much more enjoyable and meaningful than just chatting over text.
Take back your mornings
For many people, checking their smartphone is the first thing they do in the morning. As well as being bad for our sleep patterns, it takes valuable time out of the day. A digital detox holiday lets you take that time back – what you do with it is up to you. Read a book in the morning sun, make yourself a nourishing breakfast or do some exercise to start your day off right. After just a few days of replacing your morning social media updates with these healthy and relaxing activities, you won’t want to go back.
Spend more quality time with loved ones
Whether you’re bringing a partner, friends or the whole family on holiday with you, a digital detox will bring you closer to the people you care about most. Keeping your nose out of your phone will help you be more present during the time you spend with loved ones, bringing you closer together. These are some of the most meaningful moments in your life. Make the most of it by unplugging the computer and leaving your phone in the drawer.