Digital Detox: Knowing When to Unplug and Recharge

Signs that you need a digital detox and time to unplug

Lately, more and more people have been turning off Netflix and laying down their phones in favor of new activities. Because of social distancing, we’re home a lot more – and many of us have come to realize just how much time we spend in the digital world.

Eventually, life will resume some sense of normal. But in the meantime, social distancing has taught us valuable lessons about our relationships with our devices. It’s easy to get lost in the digital world. So, every once in a while, a digital detox might not be a bad idea. Here are some telling signs that indicate it’s a good time to unplug.

Signs that it’s Time to Unplug

You’re Losing Productivity.

Getting sucked into the digital vortex can be time-consuming. Too much time spent on your devices can take away from important activities like keeping up with chores, spending time with family, or even having a healthy hobby.

Your Mental Health is Going Downhill.

Too much time in the digital world can lead to anxiety, depression and restlessness. This can be especially true with social media and news stations that focus too much on “bad news.”

You Don’t Have a Lot of Energy.

If you are constantly tired, lethargic or unmotivated, focus your energy on more active activities. Rather than binge a TV show, try spending time outdoors or doing something creative.

You Feel Attached. 

Have you ever felt for your phone in your pocket, only to realize it’s not there and its absence is making you anxious? This is how people describe feeling “hooked” or “addicted” to their devices. This is also common for people who spend a lot of time working from home on their computers. The boundaries between work and home life can easily be blurred.


It’s important to take regular breaks from the digital world. Try these other activities while you’re distancing from your phone, TV or tablet:

  • Go on a walk
  • Do yard work or garden
  • Play a board game or card game
  • Call a loved one and catch up
  • Cook a new dish or create your own recipe
  • Write in your journal

Explore any activity that gets you active or channels your creative juices. These activities are great distractions – but more importantly, they’re good for your health and wellbeing.

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