Digital Detox – Simple Ways To Unplug Without Isolation

Written By Donna-Marie  |  Technology 

When you need a digital detox but need to stay connected: finding your zen to balance technology without completely cutting yourself off from the world.

Hey there, my beautiful friend! Let’s chat about something that, deep down, we all know we need: a little break from our screens. Yes, technology is like that double-edged sword — absolutely brilliant but oh-so-demanding. 

But you don’t need to go full hermit mode or relocate to a remote mountain cabin to escape its clutches (as tempting as that may sound sometimes). It's all about finding that sweet spot between staying connected and preserving our sanity.


Crafting Tech-Free Sanctuaries:

Imagine a space in your home where the digital buzz doesn’t follow you. It’s not about banishing technology from your life entirely (we’re not living in the Stone Age, after all) but about creating zones where our gadgets don’t rule the roost.

Consider moving your work gadgets to a dedicated spot — like a home office or even a specific desk in the corner. This physical boundary helps keep work at work and play at play. It’s about making technology use a conscious choice, not a reflex. Plus, “out of sight, out of mind” works wonders here, giving your brain (and eyes) a much-needed break.

Setting Digital Detox Boundaries:

Let's take a moment here for me to share a little story with you about my own journey with boundaries (or, let's be honest, the lack thereof) when it came to technology and my work habits. Not too long ago, my laptop was practically an extension of my arm. Whether I was whipping up dinner in the kitchen, lounging outside or unwinding with some TV at night, my trusty laptop was always with me, keeping me plugged into work until the early hours. The next morning? You guessed it—I'd be right back at it in my office.

Now, I’m completely transparent about how this go-go-go lifestyle played a role in my eventual burnout and some pretty significant health setbacks. It was a tough lesson in the importance of setting boundaries.

These days, things look a lot different (and feel so much better!). As part of my digital detox, I do most of my work from my office, but I’ll occasionally change it up and head to the foreshore or another serene spot to work during my dedicated hours.

By the time 4 to 6 PM rolls around, I shut my computer down and leave it in the office. And when I'm cooking dinner? That’s all I’m doing. Just cooking. No emails, no calls, no texts, no social scrolling.

And you know what?

Our meals have never tasted better—and, knock on wood, I'm not burning dinner nearly as often! 😊

This simple shift in how and where I work has not only helped me create healthier routines but also allowed me to enjoy the little moments a lot more. Isn’t that what life’s all about?

Nighttime - A No-Screen Zone:

Ever found yourself scrolling through emails or social media right before bed, only to wonder why sleep is playing hard to get? The blue light from our screens is the culprit, tricking our brains into thinking it’s time to wake up, not wind down.

So, let’s keep those pesky phones away from our bedside tables. Maybe even consider a good old-fashioned alarm clock instead of the phone alarm. Or do what I do. Keep your phone in another room. That way, I HAVE to get up out of bed to turn my alarm off. No more hitting the snooze button a dozen times before getting up!

Your sleep quality will thank you and you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and less inclined to start your day with a screen in your face.

Weekly Tech Sabbaticals:

I know, I know — the thought of being unplugged might spark a bit of panic. But setting aside one day or night a week to go tech-free can work wonders for your soul. It’s like a mini-vacation for your mind.

Give your loved ones a heads-up that you’re taking this time for yourself, so they don’t think you’ve vanished into thin air. Use this time to reconnect with the world around you, be it through a quiet evening with a book or a lively dinner with family, without any digital distractions.

If you're like most people who are addicted to their tech in some way, this will be hard. But it IS doable and it will get easier in time. Start small if you need to, with a few hours without tech, then build up to a full day gradually.

Embrace Offline Adventures:

There’s a whole world out there beyond our screens, filled with adventures that don’t require a Wi-Fi connection. Remember biking, hiking or that serene soak in the tub you used to love? Or what about diving into a good book or finally learning to say more than “hello” and “thank you” in French?

Challenging ourselves to find relaxation and joy away from our gadgets can be incredibly freeing and rejuvenating. It’s about rediscovering hobbies and passions that our screens have slowly nudged aside.

Cultivating Real-World Connections:

In an era where a “like” or a “comment” passes for interaction, there’s something irreplaceable about face-to-face conversations. Instead of a text marathon with a friend, why not suggest catching up over coffee? If distance makes in-person chats a challenge, set up a phone date.

Hearing a friend’s laughter without the lag of a video call or the impersonality of emojis can brighten your day in ways you’ve forgotten. Nurture those real, tangible connections that feed our need for human interaction.

Wrapping It Up:

While technology has given us incredible gifts, setting boundaries is crucial to ensure it enhances rather than detracts from our lives. Starting with these simple steps, we can all find a healthier balance, making room for more of those priceless offline moments that truly enrich our lives.

So, how about it? Can you commit to a digital detox with less scrolling and more strolling, less posting and more toasting? Make make technology work for you, not the other way around. Cheers to a more balanced, connected and joyful life, both online and off! xo

INNOVATE: Unleash Your Creative Marketing Brilliance

About the author, Donna-Marie

Donna-Marie is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Author, Online Mentor and Content Marketing Specialist who's been lifting up small business owners since 1998. She's got an incredible talent for showing business owners how to build their dream business and life, teaching them systems to boost profits and enjoy more freedom, all at the same time. Don't just go with the flow... create your business - and life - by design. 💕