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Plug Into These 13 Techniques For a Digital Detox

With so much emphasis placed on detoxing your body (which is not really a thing), how about focusing more on getting less of the screens in front of you all day? Research has shown that constantly being plugged in to our devices can have negative mental and physical effects, but yet we continue to do it every day.

This is not to say you should stop using digital devices altogether – after all, that would mean you probably wouldn’t be reading this. But cutting down on screen time and bulking up in other areas of your life can have real benefits. Let’s take a look at 13 ways to detox from the digital dungeon…

1. Out of Office, Out of Mind

One of the hooks of digital connection is constantly being available, and for people thinking they can reach you at any time of day or night. However, you don’t have to disappear into the abyss if you decide to unplug for a couple of days; you just have to set up a virtual receptionist to field your messages.

Shape.com calls these “digital safety nets,” which includes telling close friends and family that you’ll be unreachable digitally for a few days. You can also alert your network ahead of time that you plan to step away from screens, and you should set up an “out-of-office” message saying you’ll be away and back on a certain day. If there’s really an emergency that needs tending to, choose someone trustworthy to track you down.

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