Issues like insomnia, vision problems and eye strain have been linked to the overuse of technological devices. While the abundance of news articles regarding the global coronavirus pandemic and the political unrest at home and overseas can induce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Speaking to Erin MacNeil, the Director of Wellness at Asaya Hong Kong, a digital detox is “really about creating boundaries and awareness with the devices and platforms we use every day”. Individuals use only 5% of our consciousness during a day, meaning that we unconsciously absorb 95% of what we’re exposed to (good or bad). For those who are more sensitive to negative information, this can take a real toll on your physical and mental health.
What are the health benefits of having a digital detox?
According to MacNeil, “depending on how often you use your devices or what you use them for will have a different impact on how you feel”.
It’s important to set boundaries with your devices, as it can give you a feeling of having more control over your life and provide a sense of freedom.
“Creating screen time limits can immediately improve sleep, increase energy, provide more cognitive presence, decrease feelings of anxiousness and of course give time for yourself and the ones you love” says MacNeil.