Issues like insomnia, vision problems and eye strain have been linked to the overuse of technological devices. Paired with the vicious and never-ending news cycle, especially related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it can leave us feeling stressed and anxious.
Erin MacNeil, the Director of Wellness at Asaya Hong Kong, says a digital detox is the answer to lowering our digital-induced stress. "It's really about creating boundaries and awareness with the devices and platforms we use every day."
What are the health benefits of having a digital detox?
The first step to a digital detox is setting boundaries with your devices. This is important because it can give you a feeling of having more control over your life and provide a sense of freedom, MacNeil says.
“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.