Benefits of a social media detox
Feeling overwhelmed? Getting caught in a daily doom scroll?
Losing hours of precious time to that addictive little device in your pocket?
If your screen time is reaching an all-time high, it might be time for a social media detox. Here’s why your brain, body and soul will thank you.
You’ll sleep better
Apart from the intense stimulation your brain gets from flicking through hundreds of images and messages every minute, the blue light from your screen can trick your brain into thinking it’s still daytime. This suppresses melatonin production – the natural sleep hormone that triggers sleepiness.
So, what can you do about it? Keep your phone in another room overnight (and invest in an alarm clock for your bedside table). If you must have your phone near you at night, keep it on the other side of the room.
You’ll sharpen your awareness
It’s astounding how much we miss when our faces are buried in our phones. During life’s ‘in-between moments’ – waiting for your coffee, the elevator, the train – we often reach for our phone to prevent that feeling of boredom from creeping in. We can’t stand it, so we look for a brief dopamine hit while we wait. The problem is that we miss so many opportunities to connect and appreciate what’s around us.
Next time you find yourself in one of those ‘in-between moments’ and go to pick up your phone, resist the urge and just stand there. Look around. Smile at a stranger. Better yet, say hello to one. It’ll feel weird at first, but you’ll become far more aware and appreciative of your surroundings.