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  • Writer's pictureSandy Jolles

Rediscovering Life Beyond the Screen With a Digital Detox

Digital devices have taken over our lives and made us dependent, which has paved the way for wellness tactics like digital detoxing to gain popularity among health-conscious people.

But what is digital detoxing, and what benefits does it offer? Let’s discuss.

What is Digital Detoxing?

Like a detox diet, a digital detox is about setting certain restrictions on yourself. But instead of avoiding processed foods, you step away from your devices: the phone, computer, TV, and tablet.

You disconnect from the digital world to give your mind a break from all the stimulation, which can provide numerous benefits for the body and mind. Let’s talk about them.

1. Stress Management

Our electronic devices and the digital world have become integral to our lives, leaving us somewhat blind to the stress they can sometimes create.

That work-related call out of the blue, the late-night email from a co-worker, and those social media notifications may seem harmless, but they can lead to anxiety, affect our sleep (more on that next), and ultimately contribute to stress.

By stepping away from all that, you give your body and mind a chance to take a break from the constant stimulation and the obligation to respond.

2. Better Sleep

The blue light emitted from monitors can impair melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone your body naturally secretes in response to darkness, and one of its roles is to help regulate your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock), helping you fall asleep more easily.

Additionally, restricting your access to the digital world can help you relax and take your mind off work, tomorrow’s tasks, or a problem you’ve struggled to resolve. This can also help you unwind and fall asleep more easily.

3. Productivity Boost

A common trap we fall for is always pushing ourselves to our limits in an effort to complete more work, achieve our professional goals, and advance in our careers.

The problem is that doing so can lead to burnout and limit productivity, creativity, and motivation. We may not feel the subtle drop, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

A digital detox can give your body and mind a break from work and constant stimulation, allowing you to return refreshed and motivated to get back on the saddle.

4. More Physical Activity

This is not always the case (for example, you may replace your tablet with a good book), but stepping away from your electronic devices frees up time, which you could use for physical activity.

Rather than watching a movie or scrolling through social media in the evening, you may go for a walk or exercise.

In turn, physical activity can offer numerous benefits for the body and mind, including boosting mental health, strengthening your heart, improving your posture, and helping you feel better.


There is a ton of value in digital detoxing. While simple, the practice can help with stress management, improve your sleep, boost your productivity, and even get you to move more, which is highly beneficial.

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Outstanding. I've certainly heard of the concept of detoxing, but never thought about it regarding digital detoxing... and it's a GREAT idea!

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