5 easy ways to unplug from your phone (and fight your anxiety)

What's the downside of our digital age? There are a few disorders. Is it time for digital detox? Here's how to go about it.

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  • We have been reaping the immense benefits of a digital world for a few years now. In a lot of ways, it has certainly made our lives a lot easier and more connected.

    We are constantly juggling both our personal and professional lives using digital gadgets. But what's the downside? Is it time for a digital detox?

    According to Gartner, there's been a significant rise in digital disorders as people are becoming increasingly obsessed with a virtual world. This can lead to the following disorders:

    • Anxiety

    • Anger

    • Insomnia

    • Depression

    • OCD

    • Social isolation

    This phenomenon may not be limited to moms and dads. Research found that 40% of kids under 2 years of age have used tablets and smartphones.

    It's no surprise that we can all use a digital detox.

    You can do this by unplugging as a family and reconnecting with each other in the physical world. Here are some ideas to get you and your family started on a digital detox lifestyle:

  • 1. Be a family role model

    When you start the processes of limiting time on smart devices, parents will need to set a good example.

    Stick to the rules that you have set for screen time and be a role model. At the same time, don't shame the kids if they're struggling with it. Instead, encourage them and lead by example.

  • 2. Introduce activities to replace screen time

    Let's face it, kids have gotten used to hanging out on the couch glued to their devices. So, it's going to be tough to get them to put the gadgets down and start moving again.

    Plan some fun indoor and outdoor activities to get them excited. This can be anything from throwing the ball around to taking a walk in the park. You should also note that spending time outdoors will be very rewarding to your health.

    Try these new activities for a couple of weeks, and your kids will start looking forward to this digital downtime.

  • 3. Deny accesses to devices during meals

    While you're at it, set up some house rules that prohibit phones, tablets and TV shows during meals. Instead, use it as a great opportunity to bond with each other.

    Being distracted by smart devices or the TV can also lead to overeating at mealtime, so the benefits of putting down these devices can be far reaching.

  • 4. Keep devices out of the bedroom

    Sleep cycles can easily be broken with a burst of light from a smartphone, so switching back to a regular alarm clock is a better option.

    What's even better is that kids can't play games, text or call late at night.

  • 5. Implement a 30 minutes before bedtime rule

    To make it a lifestyle change that is successful, you will also need to start adhering to a rule where all devices are turned off 30 minutes before bedtime. This will also help get the kids to go to bed.

    A digital detox won't be easy for the adults or the children. The first few days might even feel like recovering from addiction. But if you stick to your guns, you can ensure that you and your family stays healthy and close.

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Kitt Wakeley is a partner at Vizown, a women's treatment center in Oklahoma. He is extremely passionate and determined to help women overcome their addictions and live a clean, wholesome, happy life.

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