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Digital Detox

The other day, I happened to read about how people are not able to take a break from work even when they are on holidays and weekend getaways. The interesting bit was how it was not always our bosses and managers nagging us while we wanted to take a break but, us who have a dire need to be connected.

Wait what? You mean most of us have become so used to checking our phones every 5 minutes that even when we are away from our office we need to check our emails and message our friends and family and share a new snap chat and insta story and reply to that Facebook comment and goodness we are so busy and wired and quickly tired.

Can you believe there is a Californian Company called The Digital Detox who organizes retreats that are gadget free so that we can relax? This is huge I thought.

So, as an experiment, I went on a digital detox for an entire day. No, it was not a fancy staycation situation. The day started with me enjoying a cup of coffee in my own house by staring at the sky and not at a Laptop or TV screen. I felt so relaxed as if I was meditating. The taste of the coffee seemed so much better. I finally had time to clear out my wardrobe and organize the junk drawer and write down blog post and video ideas and cuddle a lot more with my son. I sat there playing with legos and feeling so present and mindful.

Now, I will completely be honest and agree that I did slip and check my phone once. So, I left it at home when we went to enjoy the sunset. By the end of the day, I was so amazed by how much I had accomplished and how much more beautiful the sunset was and how much more joyous I felt.

One day of digital detox was the best thing I did for myself in a long time and hence, I wanted to share and inspire you all to try it at least once.

A few benefits of Digital Detox

  • It helps you to be mindful and enjoy the moment
  • It rejuvenates your mind and body
  • Disconnecting for a day from the world enables you to connect with yourself
  • You will actually be able to get those tasks checked off of your to do list
  • It improves your mood and productivity

Tips and tricks

  • Weekends are the best days to try it out as there is no work pressure
  • Planning more outdoor time makes it easier
  • Books (physical not digital) can make the beach time relaxation so much better
  • The most important thing to keep in mind is that the whole purpose of digital detox is to feel good and not to feel angry about being restricted

Do not want to commit to an entire day of detox but still want to reap benefits of it?

  • Stop using your phone and laptop at least two hours prior to bed
  • Read a physical book for 15 minutes just before sleeping
  • Do not touch your phone first thing in the morning
  • Take a real lunch break and go for a walk
  • Let weekends be about socializing and sight-seeing
  • Make your meal times gadget free
  • Delete rarely used apps

The oxford dictionary explains digital detox as β€œA period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world”




  1. I completely agree with you Soumya πŸ™‚ It is not that difficult actually! When my internet pack gets over, I keep my phone intentionally at some secret place of my home so that I DON’T USE WIFI THAT DAY (so Honest)!! It is very hard to stay away from the gadgets. But I spend that one day without using any of these just to get that eyes and mind relaxation πŸ˜€ And truly, this digital detox concept works great πŸ™‚ Lovely post and you inspire us always girl :* Keep it up…
    Much love <3

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      You are always so kind and supportive Anamika πŸ™‚ I totally agree that staying away from gadgets is a difficult task. Loved your idea girl πŸ™‚

  2. I completely agree with you Soumya.We have got so much addicted to our phones and internet that it is difficult to imagine our lives without them.Digital Detoxification is actually necessary each one of us.I am always glued to my fone and my mum gets worried about me sometimes,I seriously need to stay away from my fone to enjoy the other beautiful things of life.Thanks for this post darling

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Even my amma worries a lot Yamini. There was an incident where we were all together and she was talking to us just to realise that myself, my hubby and my bro were busy with our phones.She totally freaked out saying what is wrong with this generation.

  3. It is important once in a while to do a digital detox. But very hard if you are working πŸ™

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Yea Sonali but, once in a while is totally do-able though.

  4. I am so addicted to my blog and social media handles that I can never go on a digital detox! I can live without my tv though. πŸ˜›

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      haha..try half a day in the nature without any digital distractions chutki. You will feel great!

  5. BTW Soumya loved all your infographics darling.πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Aww Thank you so much Yamini. Means a lot <3 <3 <3

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Thank you so much Neha πŸ™‚

  6. This is such an important and helpful post for everyone. Loved it totally.
    I myself find it very difficult to not use laptop or mobile two hours prior to bed. This is one thing I need to get rid off. πŸ™
    I am definitely going to keep reading it to remind me once a week, until it becomes a good habit. πŸ˜€

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Your positive comment means a lot to me Alisha <3

  7. It’s important to unplug every now and then and I try to do it once a week. I get extremely overwhelmed sometimes and I hate it when I miss a good moment in real life because I was too engrossed with my iPhone. πŸ™

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Very well put Shireen!

  8. Hi Soumya, I completely agree with you. The social channels and technology have trapped us even we forget that we are on our vacations or holidays. Excellent article, I have to seek the company, which is making these good efforts.

    • Soumya Midhun Soumya Midhun

      Hiya Sandy! So glad you found the info helpful. Small consistent steps mentioned in the article could bring you good results in a few days πŸ™‚

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