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How To Successfully Unplug From Your Devices on Global Day of Unplugging

Updated: May 27

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Hey everyone! March 1st is Global Day of Unplugging. This day was created to remind people to take a break from their devices. Now the goal is to get people to disconnect from their gadgets for 24 hours. Simple right? For some, yes for many of us, it would be hard. Technology, devices like computers, tablets, and smartphones are a double-edged sword. On the one side, they put the world's knowledge at your fingertips. On the other hand, they let you drown in the unending depth of social media and other digital distractions. Too much screen time can have adverse effects on you and your family's mental health as well. Let's start the conversation around developing healthier relationships with our devices. If you're struggling with technology, Global Day of Unplugging is a good time to start. Here are a few tips to help you have a positive unplugging experience.

Technology is Designed To Be Addictive. Technology has the capability of becoming addictive. because it can fulfill our basic needs quickly and efficiently. Technology addiction works very similarly to substance or alcohol abuse since it affects our pleasure systems by releasing dopamine. When you begin to look at technology in this way, it can help you start using it in moderation.

Manage Smartphone Screen Time. If you want to see how much time you (and your kids) have been on your devices, check out 'Screen Time' by Apple or 'Digital Wellbeing' by Android. Both of these features break down how much you've spent on specific apps which can help you see where you've wasted time lately.

Set Limits on Your Kid's Screen Time. If you allow your kids too much screen time, they can begin to suffer adverse effects such as irritability, sleeplessness, and eye strain from the blue light screens emit. The best people who can limit screen time for kids are parents and guardians. The simple approach is just to take the device away. You can also use Google's Family Link, and Screen Time by Apple. If your kids are gamers, use Microsoft Family for Windows Devices, The Playstation App by Sony, and The Nintendo Switch App to keep safe limits for kids who manage to sneak on devices.

Turn Off Notifications. App developers create notifications to keep you plugged into your apps creating FOMO (Fear of missing out). When you turn off notifications on your devices, there's less of a chance you will log back into your apps to see what's missing.

Use the Out Of Sight Out of Mind Method. When disconnecting, “out of sight, out of mind” is sometimes the easiest solution. Place your phone in a drawer or cupboard or wherever else you won't be able to easily spot it. When you're in your car, keep it in your bag or purse. To avoid being tempted if you hear your phone buzzing, think about putting it on airplane mode or turning off the notifications.

Set Up no Tech Zones. Creating a tech-free zone in your home can help you disconnect from the digital world and focus on the people who matter the most. By promoting quality time, reducing stress, fostering creativity, improving sleep, and strengthening relationships, tech-free zones can help us achieve a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Hopefully, this will help you decide to unplug for Global Day of Unplugging and beyond. Even if you and your family unplug for an hour or two, it will be the start of a journey to improve your mental help. If you have any questions, please reach out. I'm always looking to help out.

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