We live in a digital world where advanced technology is right at our fingertips. Whether we’re spending hours in front of a computer for work, checking apps on our smartphones, surfing the internet, or watching TV, it’s hard to escape digital distraction. In an effort to recover from technology fatigue, it’s important to regularly unplug and disconnect from the devices taking up our attention. The benefits of disconnecting can have a positive effect in all areas of our lives – from work and social connections to our own personal goals and hobbies.
The National Day of Unplugging occurs during the first week of March every year in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of disconnecting from technology. This year, the National Day of Unplugging takes place on March 4th, 2022, and is a great opportunity to take a 24-hour respite from your devices. Here are some ways you can digitally disconnect on the National Day of Unplugging, or whenever you need a digital detox.
Spend Time Outdoors
With the rise of connectivity and access to technology, a condition called ‘nature-deficit disorder’ is on the rise. This disorder is characterized by a reduced ability to focus, live in the moment, and appreciate the beauty of nature. Recent studies have shown that spending time outdoors boosts mental health in many ways and as little as 10 minutes in a green or nature-filled setting reduces the effects of physical and mental stress. Think of the time spent away from your gadgets in an outdoor setting as an effective way to recalibrate your brain and meet your nature quota. Whether you prefer a long walk, a quick jog, or even just sitting on a bench under some trees, spending a few minutes every day surrounded by nature can help you reap the wellness benefits of the great outdoors.
Happiness and wellness experts promote mindfulness as an effective way to connect with ourselves and the world around us, but our constant attachment to technology prevents us from practicing this fundamental habit. Taking part in mindful activities like yoga and meditation has a powerful ability to improve mood and vitality, increase happiness, and battle anxiety and stress. On the day you unplug, make sure you take part in an activity that fosters mindfulness. Try meditating or practicing yoga for just 10 minutes and increase the duration over time. If you need to start small, simply make an effort to be aware of what’s going on around you by noticing sounds, smells, and what you see. Before you know it, you’ll be on a path to a more mindful and happy state.
Establish a Non-Digital Hobby
An effective way to successfully disconnect from your digital devices is to find joy and entertainment in other pastimes that don’t involve technology. Plan a hike or bike ride, enjoy a hot bubble bath, join a club, go to an exercise class, or crack open a book instead of reaching for your remote, tablet, computer, or phone. Before the development of modern technology, people found purpose and enjoyment in building something with their own two hands. If you aren’t particularly handy or interested in DIY projects, try following a recipe from your favorite cookbook and delight your loved ones with a delicious meal. Taking a step away from technology won’t feel like a challenge if you’re having fun!
Gathering with friends and family in person is something that can seem unnecessary when there are so many virtual alternatives. Between texting, voice calling, and video chatting, meeting up in person and coordinating schedules might feel like too much work. However, researchers have found that having social interactions with people face-to-face is as important as exercise and diet when it comes to measures of wellbeing. In fact, doing so builds vital memories and connections, enhancing one’s sense of support and belonging. For this year’s National Day of Unplugging, persuade your friends to join you in your digital detox and get together for a fun activity. When it comes to unplugging, the more the merrier!
Vacation Off the Grid
In a world where connectivity is king, it’s hard to imagine being unreachable for an extended period of time, let alone a few hours. If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of unplugging, but you’re having a hard time doing so in your everyday environment, try unplugging on an off-the-grid vacation where there are fewer technological temptations. Tell people they won’t be able to reach you unless it’s an emergency, and turn off social media and app notifications. Make your destination an Under Canvas location and you’ll experience all the best ways to unplug, like on-site yoga sessions, access to the nation’s best parks, outdoor activities like hiking and biking, and opportunities to connect with others around a nightly campfire. At Under Canvas, our wifi-free grounds allow guests to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with family, friends, and nature. And, with our upscale, safari-inspired canvas tents, ensuite bathrooms, and on-site amenities, you won’t need to sacrifice the comforts of home while detoxing from the digital world.
By staying at Under Canvas, you take part in our mission to inspire connections with extraordinary places, people, and the planet by enhancing access to the outdoors. Book your unplugged stay today!