Cosmopolitan Middle East - - BODY / NEW YEAR, NEW YOU -

De­spite much of her ca­reer hav­ing been spawned di­rectly or in­di­rectly from so­cial me­dia, hav­ing amassed 24,000 fol­low­ers on her per­sonal In­sta­gram page, and many loyal fol­low­ers of her DubaiFitFoodie blog, well­ness ad­vo­cate and foodie Gbemi Giwa ad­mits the thought of turn­ing off her phone mid-way through the day is al­ways ap­peal­ing. And she doesn’t think she’s alone. Giwa be­lieves 2019 might be the year more peo­ple try to switch off, and ac­tively seek out the ever-elu­sive dig­i­tal de­tox as a way to ease anx­i­ety, and boost cre­ativ­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity. “I’m pretty sure it [switch­ing off] makes my brain re­lease the same en­dor­phins as the thought of a trip to the Mal­dives,” she says. “Our dayto-day lives de­mand us to be “plugged” in 24/7 so time away from our phones has in­creas­ingly be­come a lux­ury.”

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