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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. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him in Little Havana leaning by a ventanita, sipping his cafecito. You can connect with John Paul on his website at www.JohnPaulHernandez.com.

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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.

 
 
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