What is your ‘U’ to getting mentally fit?
For those who know me well, know that I didn’t have a mobile phone for 10 years. Whilst I enjoyed this state of being, it could be annoying to others at times if they were keen to track me down.
Since starting the business, not only have I had to get a mobile phone but I have had to engage in social media. This was probably timely given this technology adoption coincided with the start of the Pandemic. Even though I had previously controlled technologies I have found it still takes me disciplined effort to switch off from at times.
Much has been written about the negative effects of technologies and the benefits of unplugging from it. U’s fortnight is the perfect platform to allow ourselves to U-nplug, so go for it.
Alternatively you could explore U-nderwater, U-nwind with a forest walk, do something U-plifting, or visit an U-rban landscape.
Here’s 13 U-nbelievable Letter U Craft & Activity options to try with the children.
This fortnight’s article
Do Digital Detoxes really work?
Could you be considered one of “those people” who are glued to their iPhone?
Whether you scroll mindlessly through Facebook or Instagram out of habit or you binge-watch Netflix on a weeknight, would you be keen to embark on a week-long digital detox?
Increasingly, health experts are recommending periodic digital detox or an extended period without gadgets.
But what are the benefits?
6 Health Benefits of a digital detox
Break addiction – 92% of Aussie teenagers admit to going online daily. Taking a break from tech proves to us that we can live without constant stimulation, and lessens our dependence on technologies.
Reduce depression and anxiety – Research shows a positive correlation between immoderate technology use and anxiety. More specifically, this anxiety is created by the dopamine release we get when we receive stimulants like social media notifications or text messages. Therefore, detox to break validation-seeking, which reduces the associated mental distress.
Build relationships – Forbes found that 3 out of 5 people in the US claimed that they spend more time on their digital devices than they do with their partners. This can pose a threat to building and maintaining real-life relationships.
Increase your child’s activity – It comes as no surprise that the decline in physical activity, especially in children, has worsening with the advancement of digital media. A great way to promote a more active lifestyle for your children is to lead by example and set limitations on your technology access by going on a digital detox.
Save money – As a large chunk of everyone’s wage is swallowed by mobile phone companies, TV companies, and Wi-Fi companies, a strategic digital detox could surprisingly put more money in your wallet.
Promote better sleep – High-tech gadgets cause sleep disturbance, which promotes psychological distress. Artificial light from devices causes you to feel more awake than you really are, which ultimately interferes with your sleep quality. Give yourself at least two technology-free hours time before bedtime.
Have a listen
Communication professor Josh Misner shares the most important lessons learned from a decade of ‘Screen Free Saturdays’ and how a shopping incident brought his awareness to the harm screen addiction has to relationships..
5 provocative quotes to consider
- Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. Gertrude Stein
- There’s never enough time to do the nothing you want. Bill Watterson
- Production of too many useful things produces too large a useless population. Karl Marx
- We didn’t have Facebook when I was growing up. We had “phonebook”, but you wouldn’t waste an afternoon on it. Betty White
- It’s a very different era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters. Gillian Flynn