In this blog post, Digital Detox Therapy: Unplug the Mind. It’s not just children who need limited screen time. As adults, we are guilty of using too much time escaping into the tap, tap, tap delusion. Would you agree?
Let’s dive deeper into the benefits of digital detox therapy and how unplugging the mind from technology can improve interaction in relationships and in-person communication .
- Linda Wolff: Reboot the Brain. Find Inner Peace. Drive Ambition. Live Successfully.
- Last Post: Awaken Quote: The Price of Time
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Freedom of the Mind: Unplugging
In this modern digital world, it’s easy to become lost in the little black screen of our smartphone. Yet, as a parent, I have seen the cost of “killing time” on the screen.
Watch the morning or evening news and research where people find ideas for suicide, building bombs, or other influences that wreak havoc on our young children and teenagers. (And we get to suffer the awful experience of loss.)
I spoke about my daughter in yesterday’s post; Awaken Quote: The Price of Time, and where she learned how to cut her wrist on social media mogul TikTok.
This was when reality hit me like a ton of bricks, crushing my soul. It was time for “digital detox therapy.”
Digital Detox Therapy & Our Children
What is digital detox therapy?
Digital detox therapy is a treatment approach. Aimed at reducing an individual’s dependence on digital devices. Such as smartphones, computers, and the internet. The therapy involves limiting or abstaining from digital device use temporarily.
Usually for a few days or weeks, to help re-establish a healthier relationship with technology. It can improve mental and physical well-being. It may involve a range of techniques, including mindfulness, meditation, exercise, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This addresses the emotional and psychological effects of excessive screen time.
Science proves this with answers.
“Our children need you beautiful parents to step up and create an environment of stability and sharper focus on the fun, the happiness of life, and a body of activity.“
Scientific facts have proven that we are triggered by too many influences from technology. Some are listed below: Notice if any one of these in the list that you see in yourself or your children.
- Feeling anger over posted content
- Cyberbullying (online narcissist bullying)
- Fear of missing out of a social environment (FOMO)
- Feeling of separation anxiety or isolation
- Social rejection or comparisons
Do you as a parent screen what your children are viewing online?
Psychologist Kia-Rai Prewitt shares that too much technology has a negative effect on our sleep, relationships and our moods. It steals our happiness power.
Here is the digital detox therapy that my family uses:
- Eating time is for interaction with friends, or family. (Put your phone on air plane mode.) Engaging in communication builds strong ties with those who support and love your company.
- Children (Homework is focus time.) Phone is shut off and it’s time to unplug the mind so focus is the priority.
- Children (Limit screen time to two hours a day at a specific time of day.) That free’s up fun time for activities indoor or outdoor.
- Remove intrusive apps with the bells and whistles of notifications. Too much distractions. Here’s to you Facebook or Instagram.
- Create activities centered around family. Phone is put on airplane mode.
- Bedtime: Airplane mode time. Ideally one hour before going to sleep.
- Children (No phones in the bedroom.) I have my daughter plug her phone in, in my bedroom and she has to do this so it become a routine of healthy sleep habits.
Self-Help Resources & Books
- Heal From Your Past, Create Yourself
- It Ends With Us
- Things We Never Got Over
- The 5 Love Languages
- Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress
What happens when we unplug?
Do you know when you implement these digit detox steps of unplugging the mind? That we become free, we release the emotional, mental and physical part of ourselves from the bondage of stress and anxiety. We also disconnect from the constant demands of work, judgements, and expectations.
The positive side of this we build a deeper relationship with ourselves and others. We engage in activities that boost happiness in us.
In conclusion: The more we practice unplugging from technology the more we are empowered to enjoy life and succeed in connecting with nature.