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What is smartphone and social media addiction?
Usually we associate addictions with things like alcohol and not necessarily chatting to a friend or keeping a device powered on. However, addiction is the compulsive use of a substance, using it to feel better, do better, or even just when giving in to (peer) pressure.
An addiction becomes a problem when we are no longer able to control the urges and cravings, possibly derailing our lifestyle to accommodate this addiction. Another defining characteristic of an addiction, is needing the particular vice more and more in order to get the same initial result.
Objectively, there is a certain “high” to getting lots of likes on a picture we post on social media, the positive feedback from comments, or the excitement of watching guilty pleasure videos on streaming services. It feels like a harmless hobby at first, as you’re learning something new or interacting with friends. However, these habits and hobbies are, in many cases, negatively impacting our lives and engulfing significant portions of our days (and nights).
Impacts on our physical health
“I can stop at any time”, “I need it for work”, and “I’m waiting for an important call”. These are some of few things we tell ourselves on a regular basis as we try to convince ourselves we don’t have a problem as well as excuse our cravings. Health organizations are becoming increasingly concerned with the effects that screen time and social media addiction have on our lives. Some of the consequences may not even seem so obvious at first, as the activities we pursue on our devices are seemingly benign: essentially, we’re spending time reading, communicating with others, playing games that challenge our intellect, or simply winding down after a long day.
Impacts on our mental well-being
When we don’t get a good night’s sleep, we tend to feel the repercussions throughout the following day: we wake up drowsy or in a less-than-cheerful mood, our cognitive abilities are slower, we’re less creative, we’re easily irritable, we eat more, make poor decisions, tend to be influenced more by our emotions, we’re less driven to exercise, and through being tired we spend more time being seated and binging on screen time or social media that got us there in the first place. This tends to be a vicious cycle.
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Make the change: fight screen and social media addiction
Why is digital detox so important?
In seeking greater mindfulness and controlling the amount of time we spend on smartphones and social media, we are regaining control of our health. You will begin to relax more and sleep better, possibly helping you reverse some of those negative impacts on your health and well-being. But it also has the added bonus of freeing up time for new hobbies and nurturing your relationships. It is possible to learn new things and cultivate habits that will make you healthier than you ever were before, by finding time to cook healthy meals, workout, or meditate. Ultimately, it is about taking control and living your best life!
Digital detox holidays for lasting change
This is not a new trend. Experts have noticed that people not only need to switch off, but they are looking for a way to learn to cope with these influences and to re-center themselves, to finally break away from addictions to smartphones and social media. Like with many other addictions, it’s not always easy to take the first steps and it can sometimes be an overwhelming task to figure out where to begin. And when you do finally set down the device, what are you going to do to fill the time so that you don’t easily reach for it again?
A great solution is to take a digital detox holiday! Not only will you be around like-minded people, but you will also be surrounded by experts and hotel staff who are there to support you on your quest for greater mindfulness. The programmes include great activities, such as yoga and hikes to get you in touch with yourself or with nature, or treatments to help you completely relax. You will learn techniques to help you in your day-to-day home routine to maintain the mindfulness techniques and habits you have learned on your holiday. Find your next digital detox holiday below!
Physical and mental health consultations
You can treat any holiday as a digital detox holiday by leaving your phone in your room and going out and exploring or taking part in activities like yoga or hikes. However, specialized digital detox holidays have been designed to help you kick that phone addiction once and for all.
Most packages will start you off with a medical consultation either with a doctor or mental health specialist to help gage the effect your habits have on your health as well as to better help you achieve your goals. These experts can help you identify stressors in your life and the activities and appointments in the programme will help you develop healthy coping techniques.
Practice mindfulness through digital detox
One of the most important tools that will be discussed during these holidays is mindfulness and how becoming self-aware will help you get the most out of your social media detox. Our lives are filled with external and internal influences that both positively and negatively influence our well-being. In learning to more keenly tune into these, you will be able to strengthen your mental health and become more impervious to negative influences, ultimately allowing you to be true to yourself and your needs without giving into vices for instant gratification or to escape. Most programmes will use practices such as yoga or meditation to help you get in touch with your inner self and teach you to be more mindful.
Relaxing and recharging with spa treatments
No spa programme would be complete without some time for relaxation with treatments such as massages, peelings, body wraps, aroma therapy and so much more! Allow yourself to be pampered in the beautiful spas so that you feel as great on the outside as you do on the inside. Each treatment has been chosen by digital detox experts to help you unwind find serenity.
Our digital detox spas and resorts will leave you feeling inspired to be your best self and live your best life. Book one of our digital detox retreats today!