Well, the answer is really simple but to follow/implement the solutions in reality is a tough job. It's a hard row to hoe.
What do you mean by Digital Detox?
Detoxification means removing the toxins, just add 'Digital' over it. Stay aloof from your mobile, TV or any other gadget that sticks you with it.
Here, the question is - How is it possible to stay remote from the adhering device which has some lucrative Apps that pop up right on your screen, almost the entire day.
Answer the questions below:
No.1: Why do you need this break from the glutinous device?
No.2: How many hours a day can you keep the device away?
No.3: Do you want to practice this in the long run or is it your short term goal?
Spend enough time finding the answers. And, when you're ready and feel the need then please precede on the solvent given below.
Living in the digital world itself and then planning to get rid of one is contradictory. For making it look possible, you need to rewind and think about the golden days our grandparents and parents lived. Those were the days without the harmful digital frequencies.
Festive time has just begun and it's just the right time to engross in a challenging task as there would be people to support and encourage. You don't need to put in loads of efforts to be away from the digital world.
Any activity that you pursue, for a prolonged duration, becomes a habit. So, choose your activities wisely. Basic activity of reading a newspaper and having your chai lasts till your last breath, isn't it?
Here your choice matters whether it's reading a newspaper or book, indulging in the phone, checking emails, talking to family or using the computer. Remember it's going to stay with you forever unlike a materialistic piece of thing. This habit is going to define you as a person.
It's never too late, the moment you realize something has to change that you have been doing for years and that change is much needed for you to grow, don't stop yourself. Motivate yourself and do the plan of action.
The first path-breaking step lies here. Going that extra mile to do what you feel is right for you and only you. Self-love is essential and Self-motivation is a demand.
I'm going to add a huge reference that put me on fire to give it a try. It's been years I always dreamed of being the one like my father who doesn't like to stay in bed after 7 or 8 am.
It took years for him to convince me on this one. The benefits are endless of course no need to discuss further.
So, failure was part of me when it came to sustaining with this morning habit. Then one day I came across this book 'The 5 am club'. It again convinced me for the benefits I would get, just like my father. The point is, convincing is easy implementing is incorrigible.
Will talk about the book -
The book has strategies and a plan for you to become a member of 'The 5 am club'. They say 'Nothing comes easy if it's easy it's fragile and won't last for long'. It takes years for a person to develop a habit. Every individual can have a different perspective even though the lines written in the book are going to remain the same. What you take and how you take is the way you're as a person and what's your purpose of reading that particular book.
Coming to the Crux of the Matter - The core formula/solution isn't at the beginning, but falls in the mid of the book. Also, there are small learning's in every chapter and every short passage given in the book.
My main target was to find 'TIME' to detach from the digital world. I'm not saying that you should be a member of 5 am club then only you can detach from the digital world. But there's going to be no harm if you become one.
'Early to bed and early to rise' is an old saying. That's possible with the people who are 'morning people' and unthinkable for 'night owls'. The major shift in the timetable takes a toll, mentally and physically. For me, it's the deciding factor that charges me to dwell on for my betterment.
Cutting it short, I'm not yet a member of 5 am club as my consistency is only for 14 to 15 days a month. Practicing this ritual has added a great value to boost my immunity, my mental stability and reliability on myself. Your body and mind is a double-edged sword you could use it to make a right choice or a disastrous choice which will make an end.
It doesn't mean that waking up at '5 am' is the only key for digital exemption. It could be '6 am or 7 am' as well.
Of course, after 7 am it's too late to retain the focus and essence of the mentioned theory in the book. Take it as per your convenience initially and gradually you can set a goal of achieving the desires. You can buy and read the book yourself to dive in more for the theory and concepts of becoming a morning person.
Going back to where I started, firstly decide the path-breaking step and plan to start your day by performing Zumba, practicing yoga, some cool-down exercise, meditation, reading a book or having chai with the family. Focus is to spend quality time for an hour or more without your phone or any digital gadget. It will be tempting for you just to scroll down your screen to check a message or an email. Don't fool yourself and fall into trap of ' it's only Day 1, later I'll manage' as the later will never come.
You're shifting your time ahead of your normal time zone to keep yourself free and detach from the digital world.
If still, you feel it's looking an unmanageable task, here are 5 different ways you can start with.
1. Create a no mobile zone at your home -If you step in that zone with mobile then you'll be punished and have to pay a fine. Decide it with your family what you'll do of the money deposited in terms of fine. This will be scalable and interesting for the other family members to catch you red-handed with a phone. Fun and easy way of being intact with your closed ones.
2. No mobile time once a week - Take a small cloth bag and collect all the phones in the house. In this, watching TV or movie on a computer is allowed. Focus is to only be away from the mobile phone.
3. Depositing mobile phone in the cupboard, lock it at least for an hour or so - Here the focus is on individual forming a habit. You can engage in different activities like writing, cooking, applying a face pack, cleaning or just sitting idle in the balcony gazing at the trees and leaves. It's so liberating to do this. Check out yourself once and will want to redo it.
4. Setting timers on the influencing Apps in the phone - Make a list of the spending apps, time pass apps and just checking apps and put up a timer on each. Set a time of not more than, 15 minutes on each. It'll automatically turn in the grey zone once you exceed the time limit. This way you'll be in control of the device your using rather the devil device controlling you.
5. Indulge in some outdoor activity near your home - An activity like playing cricket, badminton, cycling, going to the gym or the yoga centre. The trick is to make a deliberate effort of forgetting the device at home. Sounds brain-sick but it works the best and with fewer efforts, you're already away from the Digi zone.
Finally, it's true, that we are living the digital era where it's unavoidable to distant yourself from the devices. That's why we can keep a small target of achieving less than achieving nothing at all and blaming the fuss happening around.
For me, it's my "Me time" without the phone as I can dream endlessly anything and everything. I'm not a slave of the technology, neither my brain is been controlled by a device.
My mindset, heart set, soul set and health sets are well balanced.