WELLBEING WONDERS: WHAT REALLY WORKS?
Super-coffee, digital detoxes, fermented food… The latest headline-grabbing trends promise amazing results, but do they really deliver? Don’t worry, we can help you sort the facts from the fiction
Sorting fact from fiction
As the downsides of screen time rack up, the detox movement is growing – you can go it alone or book on to anything from a short workshop to a week-long digital detox retreat. Hardly surprising when UK adults now have a daily average of eight hours 41 minutes screen time; more than a third of us have checked Facebook in the last 10 minutes and 47% of us miss out on sleep thanks to internet usage. Research has linked heavy internet and social media use with concentration problems, depression, social isolation and even changes in brain function. ‘Ironically, the technology designed to improve connections with other people is making us less social,’ says Tanya Goodin, founder of digital detox movement Time To Log Off (itstimetologoff.com). If going cold turkey feels too much, take small steps. ‘Leave your phone behind when you pop out to the shops; buy an alarm clock and keep your bedroom technology-free. At the very least, if you spend your work time on screens, avoid them when you come home.’