SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIFE

As you hit the midyear mark, clear your mind and boost your health with a dig­i­tal detox

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Inspire -

1 SCHED­ULE DE­VICE-FREE DAYS

De­cide which days you’re go­ing to do your detox, and mark them on a cal­en­dar. Choose days that you ex­pect to be less chal­leng­ing for you. We know it may be tough, so try a half-day at first, and later a day or two. Plan some genuine “face time” with friends and fam­ily by head­ing out­doors for a walk, bike ride or pic­nic.

2 DIAL BACK ON PHONE USE

Turn off all no­ti­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing those for texts, apps and email. Don’t use your phone as a clock – get an alarm clock and start wear­ing a watch again (but not a smart­watch). Let the kids or hus­band know to text only in an emer­gency; it’ll give you a break, and teach the chil­dren how to solve prob­lems on their own.

3 IN­FORM YOUR “ECOSYS­TEM”

Ad­vise fam­ily, friends and co-work­ers ahead of time that you’ll be off­line on your cho­sen days, so they don’t get wor­ried. Write a post to let your whole so­cial sphere know you’re tak­ing a break from emails, so­cial me­dia and tex­ting. This way, they will not ex­pect to hear back from you un­til your detox time is up.

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