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It’s a Long Weekend and Time for a Digital Detox

 

 The long 4th of July weekend is the perfect opportunity to do a digital detox.

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Staying connected.  It’s something that has become such an integral part of almost every person’s life, whether they’re a professional or a student.  The idea of not having access to a smartphone or computer for a day instills fear in many, but there comes a time when you need to let go and do a digital detox.  Oh but don’t worry- it’s only temporary!

Digital Detox. The term “detox” has become so popular in fad diets and cleanses, but how about a mental one?  Nowadays we are so constantly inundated with social media updates, emails from colleagues, and new projects, that we need to remember to let our minds breathe, as well.

The Fourth of July is coming up: that one, big summertime weekend where droves of families rush out to beaches and parks to barbecue and spend quality time with each other.  But with all the easily accessible technology today, people become regularly distracted.  They become disconnected from the people in front of them, and they become disconnected with the earth right under their feet. This one weekend is the time for everyone to free themselves and appreciate the physical, not the virtual.

If you feel like you need help with how to endeavor that, I’m here to help you with a simple guide on how to do a digital detox:

  1. Make the choice.  Either you’re doing it, or you’re not.  Saying maybe will most likely lead to digital detox failure.  Tell yourself you’re doing it, and stick to it.
  2. Define it.  If you don’t, you might find yourself reasoning that “just checking a couple emails” isn’t going to hurt anything.  Decide how far you want to take your digital detox, and define your boundaries.  If you must check work emails, how many?  No more than once a day?
  3. Plan.  If you’re used to settling down at night by watching a couple episodes of your favorite television shows, you can opt for a book instead.  Decide now what book (or books) you’d like to read.  If you usually watch your shows in the afternoon to relax and pass time, decide now what trail you’d like to hike (it doesn’t have to be difficult or include a steep incline) or what public garden you’d like to visit.  If you’re going to meet up with friends, make those plans with them ahead of time, rather than doing it last-minute and being tempted to scroll through your newsfeed as you message them on Facebook.
  4. Think.  Contemplate where you are in life and where you’d like to go.  In what way would you like to better yourself or the way you do things?  Are there people you’ve been meaning to catch up with but haven’t found the time to do so?  Hobbies you’ve been meaning to conquer?  Think about whether you’re keeping your mind and your body healthy.  Oftentimes people get so wrapped up in doing things for others that they forget to be mindful of themselves.
  5. Enjoy yourself.  Digital detox shouldn’t feel like a burden or like you’re being placed in solitary confinement.  Take a deep breath and remember that before people had handheld electronic devices, they used to have face-to-face conversations with each other.

At the end of your digital detox, you’ll realize just how fulfilling it is to take in your substantive surroundings, rather than the virtual one on that tiny, brightly-lit screen.

Oh and one more thing- have a wonderful and happy Fourth of July weekend!

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About Jessica Truong

Jessica is the marketing intern for Sound Telecom.  Born and raised in San Francisco, she was looking for an adventure in a different terrain and decided to attend Seattle University where she received her degree in English Literature.  She brings critical thinking, writing, and researching skills that she developed from her major to the company.  In college, she also served on the executive board for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and participated in various cultural clubs and performances.  When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, baking, hiking and pretty much any opportunity to be out in the sun.  She is excited to learn as much as she can at Sound Telecom and hopes the company views her participation auspiciously.