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Why a Digital Detox Is Exactly What You Need

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As entrepreneurs and leaders in business, we can be passionate about technology. We’re often early adopters, seeing the opportunities before anyone else, and eager to share it with our network. But spending too much of our time in technology can harm us and even set us back.

Google “anxiety and cell phone use.” You’ll be amazed at what you find. Some studies mention the rising blood pressure rates when a smartphone is in proximity. Others mention how mental health has grown worse because of the increased use of social media and other digital tools.

While technology has made our lives better and more productive, the addiction and overuse of it can hurt us and limit our opportunities in life. When we choose to do a short digital detox, we begin to reset our bodies and minds. It’s a way to evaluate what is important in our lives, and it allows us to experience a more peaceful and fulfilling lifestyle.

Here are some benefits you can expect from a digital detox

1. It Clears Your Mind

Similar to what a nutrition-based detox does for your body, a digital one resets your mind. It clears all the clutter you have accumulated for hours every day.

Think about your ears for instance. How much noise do you hear every day? When you are commuting, you listen to a podcast. When you are working, you listen to music. You chat with friends on video or the phone. You hear notifications go off every couple minutes. When you go to bed, you might listen to an audiobook.

Your ears rarely have a moment of silence. That’s not including other senses like the time you spend watching a screen. As we consistently entertain ourselves, we are filling up our minds with unprecedented amounts of information. We barely even process what we see and hear.

All these digital devices, apps, and social networks are stimulating your mind and body. It never stops. The human body was never designed to handle so much, so often, in such little time.

It’s no wonder why anxiety continues to rise. When you press pause, you give your mind a chance to reboot and start over. You make better decisions and improve how you interact with the relationships in your life.

Your mind is clear and able to identify opportunities. You equip your mind to create the life you’ve wanted when you protect it and use it for what matters most to you.

“It takes energy, mental toughness and spiritual reinforcement to successfully deal with life’s opportunities, and to reach your objectives.” – Zig Ziglar

2. It Boosts Your Creativity

Think of all the times you should have been doing something but got distracted by your phone or an open tab on your web browser. When we are bombarded with distractions, it’s hard to stop and focus.

When we don’t have digital distractions, we can increase our creative output. We can think clearly now and we can better utilize the resources available in front of us. We can use the extra silence to come up with ideas that can benefit us for years to come.

Much of the lost potential we experience is linked to not allowing ourselves to remove distractions and focus on creativity and output. Think of how a new revenue stream, book, or project can change your life. All it takes is one good idea. But how do you develop one when you distract yourself all day? When we detox, we set ourselves up for possibilities.

3. It Forces You to Reflect

Whether it’s notifications on your phone or scrolling endlessly on social media, we find it hard to reflect. When was the last time you stopped for 10 or 15 minutes and thought about your life? Was it today? A week ago? Or has it been months?

When we don’t reflect, we fall in danger of losing ourselves. Reflection allows us to review the day and our goals. We analyze the good and bad things that have happened; what we can do better and what makes us happy.

Reflection helps us define our identity and what is important to us. You can ask yourself if a big decision or career move actually aligns with what you want in life. It keeps you rooted in who you are.

Think of the people who gained everything they wanted in business but lost their family along the way. Or the leaders who fought so hard for their goals but couldn’t even recognize the person they turned into. Reflection reminds us of our priorities and helps us stop anything that may sneak up to threaten them.

A digital detox allows us to reflect on our lives and be appreciative of what has brought us to today.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

4. It Gives You Much Needed Rest

I don’t know about you, but the opportunity to nap or find rest throughout the week can be hard to come by. Statistics show that we sleep less than ever. That can decrease our lifespan and quality of life.

The problem with finding time to rest is that we don’t recognize it. Available time to rest exists more than we think. We’re often on our phones hours a day. When we are at home, scrolling down an app, we lose the time we can rest on our patio or spend with family.

When we put away our devices, we aren’t tempted to ignore opportunities for rest. Our bodies weren’t made to be active every second of the day. They need moments to recharge. A detox makes it possible.

This energizes us and reminds us of the importance of maintaining our health.

Everyone should do a detox at least once a year. Detoxes are a great way to reboot your system and help establish new habits in life. Try a short detox for a few days and see how it affects you.

Have you ever tried a digital detox? If so, how was it?

John Paul Hernandez is a copywriter and business strategist that provides value to companies and their customers through ReadySetCopy.com. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him in Little Havana leaning by a ventanita, sipping his cafecito. You can follow him on Twitter @TeamJohnH.

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3 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself and Live an Optimized Life

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The secret to happiness lies in the way you live your life. People think of happiness as some destination they’ll reach when they’ve accomplished the hundred things on their life to-do list. Happiness is often associated with money, material possessions, or even great relationships. (more…)

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These 7 Daily Resolutions Can Change Your Life

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We all strive to be better every day. Most of us want a new day to bring something new, and we plan for it as well. Of course, the execution is debatable as procrastination is real and it becomes an overwhelming feeling at times. Also, not to forget the customary practice of making resolutions on new year’s eve!  All of us are fascinated by the thought of preparing long lists of resolves to mark the beginning of a new year. Not sure how many people are able to translate these resolutions into functional realities. (more…)

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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