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8 Ways A Digital Detox Will Increase Your Productivity

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There is a downside to being constantly plugged in. We all know that spending too much time online can be tiring and dulls our focus. A trade-off we must make for the benefits of living in a more connected world. If we aren’t careful however, the amazing technology that helps us to reach more people, be more informed, and do better business can really hinder our productivity

Luckily, there’s an easy way to kick your productivity levels back into high gear – a digital detox. A digital detox can mean anything from completely restricting access to all electronic devices, to simply taking a few hours off of Twitter. To do your own digital detox, simply identify a social platform or device that eats up your attention and abstain from it for as long as you can.

Here’s how you will benefit:

1. Easier to get in the zone

Have you ever been working on something and realised that you are completely in the zone? Your fingers are typing at maximum speed, your ideas are clear and constructed, and the work is simply flowing out of you. Ah, the blissful zone of productivity. Removing the constant distractions of the online world makes it easier to get in the zone and do your best work.

2. Increased attention

What you nurture grows, and there is no more powerful nourishment than your full attention. In order to get the best results on a task, consistent sustained attention is required. That’s hard to do if you keep being distracted by a barrage of emails or the compulsion to see how your ex is doing on Instagram. Switching off is the best way to ensure that you give any task the attention it requires, and guarantees that you will get the best possible results in the least amount of time.

“Disconnecting from our technology to reconnect with ourselves is absolutely essential for wisdom.” – Arianna Huffington

3. Constructive passive thinking

Picture the scene. You take a stroll to the kitchen to make some coffee. Now that you’re partaking in a digital detox, and aren’t allowing yourself to have any online distractions, you must come up with some other way to entertain your brain. So, you allow your mind to wander as you wait for the kettle to boil. Before you know it, you’re thinking about different ways to approach a tough problem and are brainstorming new ideas. In fact, you’re being noticeably more productive, and the best part is that you’re not even trying at all.

4. Improved memory and better decision-making

Constantly being distracted by pop-up notifications steals our focus and makes it more difficult to recall information. This inattentiveness makes it easy to forget valuable nuggets of information, leading to inefficiency and poor decisions. Thankfully, the simple act of unplugging from online distractions is all you need to restore focus, be more productive, and engage in better decision-making.

5. Better relationships

Spending too much time on social media makes you less present in real social situations and damages relationships. This is important because the impact of your relationships with others on your productivity levels is deceptively high. Being able to bounce ideas off of a colleague, learning new perspectives from a mentor, talking about worries with a friend, or getting fired up to complete a task with your team are all things that improve your productivity levels.

Not allowing yourself to become distracted by the digital world and instead using that time to cultivate deeper relationships will pay off dividends with regard to productivity – both for you and for those around you.

6. Less stress, more success

Our constant connection to the digital world is a big contributor to stress, and never being able to fully relax or unwind leaves us feeling pent-up and anxious. This is of course, far from the ideal state for maximum productivity. When we are stressed, we are more likely to procrastinate on a project and feel overwhelmed by it, which in turn makes us even more stressed! A short reprieve from the stressors of the digital world can be enough to break free from this loop and it’s productivity-killing effects. 

“Are you using your device or is your device using you?” – Denzel Washington

7. Physical health benefits

Too much screen time can lead to eye strain and muscular discomfort, and the horrible neck and back pain that results from spending too much time hunching over your phone can prevent you from doing your best work. When it comes to easing the stress on your body, every minute counts. Why not take the time you would have spent scrolling through cat memes in the afternoon to take a walk or stretch out a bit and see how much more energetic and productive you feel.

8. Saying no to FOMO

Constantly being online where everyone only shares the highlight reel of their day can leave you with the dreaded Fear Of Missing Out. This FOMO leads us to neglect the things that we are currently working toward, in pursuit of a hollow ideal. Ironically, being influenced by FOMO online means that we’re already missing out – by losing sight of our own goals and getting lost in the sea of what others deem valuable.

Susie Johnson is a writer and the founder of discoverimprove.com. She specialises in cutting through the fluff to provide actionable self-improvement advice. When Susie’s not writing, she enjoys being a guinea pig for wacky personal development experiments of her own devising.

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5 Indicators of Unresolved Attachment Trauma

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Emotional Attachment Trauma

Trauma caused during specific stages of a child’s development, known as attachment trauma, can have lasting effects on a person’s sense of safety, security, predictability, and trust. This type of trauma is often the result of abuse, neglect, or inconsistent care from a primary caregiver.

Individuals who have not fully processed attachment trauma may display similar patterns of behavior and physical or psychological symptoms that negatively impact their adult lives, including the choices they make in relationships and business.

Unfortunately, many people may not even be aware that they are struggling with trauma. Research estimates that 6% of the population will experience PTSD in their lifetime, with a majority of males and females having experienced significant trauma.

Unresolved attachment trauma can significantly impair the overall quality of a person’s life, including their ability to form healthy relationships and make positive choices for themselves. One well-known effect of unhealed attachment trauma is the compulsion to repeat past wounds by unconsciously selecting romantic partners who trigger their developmental trauma.

However, there are other less recognized but equally detrimental signs of unprocessed developmental trauma.

 

Five possible indications of unresolved attachment trauma are:

 

1.  Unconscious Sabotage

Self-sabotage is a common pattern among individuals with unprocessed attachment trauma. This cycle often begins with hurting others, which is then followed by hurting oneself. It is also common for those with attachment trauma to have heightened emotional sensitivity, which can trigger this cycle.

This pattern can manifest in lashing out, shutting down, or impulsive behavior that leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing.

Many people with attachment trauma are not aware of their wounds and operate on survival mode, unconsciously testing or challenging the emotional investment of those around them, and pushing them away out of self-preservation and fear of abandonment.

This can lead to a pattern of making poor choices for themselves based on impulsivity.

 

2. Persistent Pain

 
Chronic pain is a common symptom that can stem from early trauma. Studies have shown a connection between physical conditions such as fibromyalgia, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, insomnia, muscle aches, back pain, chest pain, and chronic fatigue with the aftermath of chronic developmental trauma, particularly physical abuse.
 
Research has found that individuals with insecure attachment styles, such as anxious, avoidant, or disorganized, have a higher incidence of somatic symptoms and a history of physical and emotional abuse in childhood compared to those with a secure attachment style.
 
 

3. Behaviors That Block Out Trauma

 
Trauma blocking practises are used to avoid the pain and memories connected with traumatic events.
 
Emotional numbing, avoidance, and escape via briefly pleasurable activities that distract from terrible memories or suffering are common examples. Unfortunately, this escape habit stops people from successfully processing and recovering from their trauma.
 
Furthermore, when the pain resurfaces, more and more diversions are necessary to continue ignoring it. This can be seen in compulsive behaviours such as drug or alcohol addiction, emotional eating, numbing oneself through relationships, workaholism, excessive or dangerous exercise routines, compulsive internet or technology use, or any other compulsive behaviour used to distract yoursef from intrusive thoughts and emotions.
 
These actions have the potential to prolong a cycle of avoidance and repression, preventing persons from healing and progressing.
 

4. A strong need for control

 
It’s understandable that some people may struggle with control issues in their adult lives, especially if they felt helpless or vulnerable during their childhood.
 
This can happen if someone had an overbearing caregiver who didn’t let them make their own choices, expected too much from them, or didn’t take care of them properly. As adults, they might try to control everything in their life to feel more in control and less anxious or scared. This might be because they didn’t feel like they had control over their life when they were a child.
 
It’s important to remember that everyone’s experiences are different and it’s okay to seek help if you’re struggling with control issues.
 
 

5. Psychological Symptoms That Are Not Explained

 
Individuals with a history of developmental trauma may experience a range of psychological symptoms, including obsessive-compulsive behavior, intense mood swings, irritability, anger, depression, emotional numbing, or severe anxiety.
 
These symptoms can vary in intensity and may occur intermittently throughout the day. People with this type of trauma may attempt to “distract” themselves from these symptoms by denying or rationalizing them, or may resort to substance abuse or behavioral addictions as coping mechanisms. This can be a maladaptive way of trying to numb their symptoms.
 
 

What to do next if you’re suffering from emotional attachment trauma?

 
Everyone’s experience of healing from trauma is unique. It’s important to be aware of whether you have experienced childhood developmental trauma and how it may be affecting your relationships as an adult. Sometimes, the effects of trauma can be overwhelming and we may try to push them away or avoid them.
 
If you notice that you’re engaging in these behaviors, it’s important to seek help from a trauma therapist who can support you on your healing journey. Remember, you’re not alone and it’s never too late to start healing.
 

There are several ways that people can work to overcome emotional attachment trauma:

  1. Therapy: One of the most effective ways to overcome emotional attachment trauma is through therapy. A therapist can help you process your experiences, understand the impact of your trauma on your life, and develop coping strategies to manage symptoms.
  2. Support groups: Joining a support group of people who have had similar experiences can be a great way to find validation, empathy, and a sense of community.
  3. Mindfulness practices: Mindfulness practices such as meditation, pilates, prayer time with God or journaling can help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, and develop a sense of spiritual connection and self-regulation.
  4. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT): This is a type of therapy that is specifically designed to help individuals process and recover from traumatic events.
  5. Building a safety net: Building a support system of people you trust, who are there for you when you need them, can help you feel more secure and safe in your life.

It’s important to remember that healing from emotional attachment trauma is a process and it may take time. It’s also important to find a therapist who is experienced in treating trauma, who you feel comfortable talking with, and who can help you develop a personalized treatment plan.

 
 
If you desire to work with me on healing your wounds and unlocking the aspects of you that were never realized so you can achieve more success in your life then head over to awebliss.com and join my weekly LIVE online mentorship calls.
 
 
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