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Why and How To Do a Digital Detox – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 62

Why and How To Do a Digital Detox
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2020 has been a year of unprecedented screen time for all of us. While technology allows us to connect like never before, too much can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems. As the holidays approach, this is a good time for us all to slow down and work on building our relationships off-screen. It could be time for you to do a digital detox!

 

LISTEN TO EPISODE 62 OF THE FED AND FEARLESS PODCAST

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About My Digital Detox

The idea of “detoxes” often gets a bad rap in the nutrition space, because they’re often associated with juice cleanses and detox tea. However, there are times in our lives when we do need a detox from things that can be harmful to us. This goes beyond just what we physically put into our bodies. Often it’s what we put into our minds and spirits as well.

 

The Growing Addiction to Technology

Tech addiction is real. Admittedly, I’ve been unintentionally training my brain to habitually gravitate towards my phone and all its apps. As much as I want to be informed and step out of my own little bubble, it’s important to place limits on the constant bombardment of information being streamed at us. I don’t want to spend my precious time staring at a screen. That’s why I’m now working intentionally to reduce my tech use and experiment with a digital detox.

 

Taking Control of Your Phone

Our brains are constantly changing, for better or for worse. This means negative influences can take hold if we’re not careful. It also means that we all have the power within us to take control and make positive changes. There are numerous ways to go about doing a digital detox. From off-grid escapes to sequestering your phone in a lockbox, or leaving it at home when out of the house, there are intentional steps you can take to start experiencing the world without being plugged-in.

Have you ever done a digital detox? Share what you did in the comments below! 

 

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IN THIS EPISODE

  • Personal experiences from my recent digital detox [3:30]
  • Why tech addiction is at an all-time high [5:58]
  • Considering the science behind tech addiction and digital detoxes [17:08]
  • Practical steps to breaking phone addictions [26:00]
  • Apps and plug-ins to support a digital detox [38:30]

 

QUOTES

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live a ‘normal’ life. I want to live an extraordinary life. I want to look back on my life and feel really proud of how I spent my time and really proud of the things I accomplished…. Part of that is not looking back on my life and being like I spent three hours a day in my 30s on my screen.” [13:08]

“If I have a bad habit that is affecting me negatively, it doesn’t make me a bad person. It just means that I’m not living the best life that I could be living. It’s my responsibility to do what needs to be done to change that situation and take back control of habits and choices.” [23:05]

“Another good option is to delete specific apps off your phone, especially things like social media… those kinds of apps that are designed to suck you in. Those are things that you don’t have to have on your phone.”  [33:28]

 

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