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5 Steps How To Master Your Digital Detox - wellnessnomads.com

Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed and you have trouble to focus? It’s time for you to do a digital detox! Get more productive and regain energy. Detox your mind in five easy steps:

We are constantly online. Multitasking seems to be normal – not only as a freelancer or business owner. Our to-do lists are long, our smartphones are always “on” and messages pop up all the time. They distract us, steal our time and they let us feel defocused. If we react all-day long, we get pretty much unproductive and lose precious time.

To be super productive and balanced we need to be more mindful with our online jobs and technical devices.

I will tell you how you can detoxify your mind. Let’s start with a short definition:

What is a digital detox?

A digital detox means switching off all technical devices like phones, tablets, laptops and computers for a few hours, one or multiple days or even weeks. During your “offline time,” you have the possibility to recharge, rest and have quality social interactions in real life.

Do you need a digital detox?

If you are addicted to the internet, absolutely! Do you constantly check your phone? Do you have trouble to stop working and being online? Everybody who is excessively or compulsively using the internet should do a regular digital detox.

Don’t work seven days

I usually work as many days as I can because I love what I do! Though I come to a point where I feel not balanced anymore. And that happens – if I want it or not – after around five to six days.

I just can’t trick my mind or body like “Please don’t get tired, I need to do this and that and my to-do-list is so, so long!”

Don’t ignore the signals of tiredness or you risk a burnout sooner or later. Maybe you get aggressive or impulsive or you get a headache. Whatever symptom you face, don’t ignore it.

Learn to let go – stop controlling

Yet, when I did a work break for one or two days, I still checked my phone and Facebook feed regularly. Just because I had the feeling I miss something.

The truth is, the world doesn’t revolve around you. If you’re online or not – people will go on interacting and yes, you will miss certain Facebook posts, but: Does it matter? You can check it out later. You need to learn to let things happen without your full control.

We are not robots. That is a fact.

A digital detox helps to refocus, set new priorities and most importantly: get new energy. That is what you need and want, right?

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Hike, dance or sing and just enjoy to be offline and free!

5 Steps to master your digital detox

A successful detox requires some planning, but don’t freak out. It is easier than you think:

1. What is your motivation?

Reflect yourself. Before you start a detox, take a paper notebook and write down how you feel at the moment with all the online work and distractions.

Also, write down what you expect from the detox process. Define five positive results from cutting down your technology use.

  • Do you need to recharge your batteries?
  • Do you want more quality time with your partner, family, and friends?
  • Do you need some time alone to reflect your life?
2. How long do you want to be offline?

To feel a big difference, I recommend to switch off all your technical devices for at least 24 hours. You could start with a weekend or a holiday. Make it official and make a note in your calendar.

It also helps to tell everybody that you will not be available for a certain time. A lot of busy people announce on Facebook or on other social media channels that they start a #digitaldetox. Usually, people react very positively to those announcements and they even encourage you.

If you’re seriously addicted to the internet, start with smaller realistic limits for each day. Switch off during your meals, while shopping, or when you go to bed. Slowly stretch your time offline, feel the positive effects and difference.

3. What are your “offline plans”?

Choose some activities which help you to relax. I’m sure you have hobbies which you were not following actively in a long time, am I right?

Get active and creative. What about:

  • Outdoor trips with the bike, walking or hiking
  • Board games with friends and family
  • A city trip
  • Painting
  • Cooking and baking?

There are plenty of possibilities!

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Use your free time to meet friends and enjoy the nature

4. Go offline – completely!

If you’re constantly online and used to look at your phone all day long, it can be very challenging to ignore the screen suddenly. Fortunately, you already made plans for your new free time. You can take your phone on trips for emergency calls but disconnect it from the internet. Only focus on yourself and your environment. Enjoy your new freedom!

How does it feel to be free?

5. Set new priorities before you go online

Before you go online again, set new priorities. How do you want to spend your next time with your smartphone and laptop? Redefine what is urgent and what is important – it is not the same! Learn what the difference is with the help of the so-called Eisenhower Box.

Other ideas to get more productive:

  • Unsubscribe from newsletters which you don’t enjoy
  • Plan when exactly and how much time you want to spend in social media
  • Limit your time for checking emails
  • Phone free mornings
  • Phone free meals

Repeat your digital detox

Whenever you lose your focus, feel again overwhelmed and tired, do your next digital detox. Don’t risk a burnout. Remember, the more rested you are, the more productive you can be. Be smart and take some time off as often as possible.

Stay balanced, Kathrin

Now, that you know about all of the advantages, when do you start your digital detox?
Do you have other tips to overcome an internet addiction?

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    1. Hi Manu,
      thank you for reading my article! A lot of people don’t enjoy time alone with themselves. But that is what gives us more peace in the end. Facebook distracts us so much if we’re not careful. So, I hope to spread more awareness with this topic 🙂
      All the best, Kathrin

    1. Hallo Ilse,
      danke, daß du dir die Zeit zum Lesen des Posts genommen hast. Ich persönlich brauche wöchentlich meine Offline-Zeit, um mich ausgeglichen zu fühlen. Facebook kann mich sehr stressen, wenn ich täglich alles verfolge. Aber ein bis zwei Tage ohne tut mir richtig gut. Danke für den Link zum deutschen Artikel und Podcast! Alles Gute, Kathrin

  1. Hey sweetie!

    I just read this blog post and you are SO RIGHT!

    Man so many things I do what I should do less… 😀

    1. Thank you for this super important reminder!
    2. I found out that I did it only partly “correct”.
    3. I will try your tricks to do a detox like 2 days a week.
    4. Good idea to plan and shout out your availability, that’s super smart!

    Apart from all these good hints I also have to say that your writing style is super entertaining!

    I love it and I definitively have to read all your other valuable posts! 🙂

    Just keep going like that!!!

    1. Hey lovely Sabrina!
      I’m so glad you were reading this post because I know that you’re a very, very busy online girl 😉
      You give your very best but yes, there is a limit for our minds (and bodies). To shout out that we take a break from Facebook and Co. is really cool, right?
      It’s a good idea because then we don’t have the feeling that the others are missing us or that we miss too much online.
      To tell all your friends and contacts that you take some time off helps definitely to rest offline better with feeling guilty.
      Thank you so much for your compliment – it motivates me so much to go on like this 🙂
      Enjoy your digital detox!

  2. Mit mir macht das zweierlei:
    Einerseits finde ich es toll, wie detailliert du hier Tipps fürs Offlinen gibst. Andererseits macht es mich traurig, weil ich denke:
    “Oh weia, soweit sind wir also, dass wir einen Plan fürs Offlinen brauchen?”
    Aber/Und natürlich kenne ich das auch, dass ich manchmal nicht auf meinen Body und meine Seele höre, die sehr deutlich schreien: Hey, geh mal wieder raus ins Grüne! Glücklicherweise habe ich das Grün direkt vor der Nase, sodass ich quasi ständig dran erinnert werde, dass es mehr gibt als nur meinen Monitor 😉
    Herzensgruß und danke für deine Erinnerung an einen Leben jenseits von Facebook und Internet 😉

    1. Hallo Sabine,
      du hast Recht. Es ist traurig, daß es so weit gekommen ist. Tatsächlich wachsen aber nun schon die Kinder mit Smartphones und Computern auf. Viele Eltern bringen ihnen nicht bei, daß sie einen bewußten Umgang lernen sollten, um nicht online-süchtig zu werden. Internetsucht ist bereits ein riesiges Problem, natürlich auch für viele Erwachsene. Darum habe ich der Thematik einen Artikel gewidmet, um mehr Bewußtsein zu schaffen. Ich kenne viele Leute persönlich, die ein Online-Business führen und kaum noch abschalten können. Du hast es gut, das Grüne direkt vor der Nase! Sehr schön. Danke, daß du meinen Post gelesen hast. Genieße das Frühlings-Grün! 🙂

  3. Thank you for reminding myself to be more offline again? recognizing this matter will lead me to re-launch my offline days which I had a few month ago.
    Take care!

    1. Hello Daniela,
      I’m glad my post inspires you to go more offline again! That’s what I wanted. Enjoy your time in nature, with friends and family. From my experience, it helps a lot to get new inspiration for your work or business. Have a good time! Kathrin

  4. Up until now I had no idea switching your online devices off actually had a name 🙂 Digital detox is a great thing. When we do a detox, my boyfriend and me do it together and spend our evenings doing exactly the things you mentioned…drawing, playing games, cooking more elaborate meals…. It is definitely a good habit to get into. We actually put our router on a timer so the internet goes off at a certain time in the evening. I guess doing that might be helpful for serious addicts or parents who want to control their children’s online habits. Thanks for this article!

    1. Hi Alina,
      it’s so good to hear that you already established healthy offline habits. You’re right, it’s pretty crazy that our society has now already a name for the time spending offline. But it only shows that internet addiction is a serious problem. Wow, that you have a router with a timer is such a great idea! I love it! I was not aware of that. And yes, it would be perfect for families with kids to set limits and keep automatically a balance. Thank you a lot for sharing your habits and experience. Have a nice offline time 😉 Kathrin

  5. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest
    authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my audience would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

    1. Hello, thank you for your nice feedback!
      I definitely have an interest in Ebooks and guest posts and will get in touch with you soon!
      Greetings, Kathrin

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