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April 6, 2021

10 Tips for a Digital Detox, Episode #110, 04-06-21

10 Tips for a Digital Detox, Episode #110, 04-06-21

Consuming too much social media and news can be dangerous, taking its toll on happiness and mental health. There are benefits to taking a break from the constant flow of entertainment, information and interruption that we get from our cell phones and other screens. Kelly and Maria cover three common areas in need of a digital detox and 10 tips for accomplishing it for greater happiness.

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Episode Topics and Mentions

Digital detox

Media fast

The Social Dilemma

Lisa Coyne


Andrew Huberman

Stanford University

Circadian rhythm


DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual of Mental Disorders)

Joel Minden

Chico Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in California

Logan Jones

Depression and Anxiety Toolkit

Social media fast

FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out

Checky app

RISE Athlete Mentoring

3 Areas in Need of a Digital Detox 

Social Media:  The platforms are designed to be addictive and are associated with anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments. Cell phones have also been proven to be addictive. 

News: Evidence strongly indicates that consumption of news with a high negativity content is associated with mental health problems and apathy. 

The Light from Screens: Regulating the good and bad of light exposure from the sun and your computer and/or phone is of paramount importance for sound sleep and overall well being.

10 Tips for a Digital Detox

  1. Start a cell phone/digital media fast.  
  2. Use an app, like Checky, that tells you how much time you are spending on your phone.
  3. Set realistic limits.
  4. Do real stuff (work/exercise/fun outdoors) before you check your cell phone, news, social media.
  5. Turn off notifications, especially audible ones.
  6. Put your phone on silent before meals.
  7. Keep your phone in your bedroom or turn it off or put it on silent.
  8. Don’t check your phone or social a couple of hours before bed.
  9. Remember that withdrawal is a real thing and be prepared for it.
  10. Tell people you are trying to get over your social media/news addiction.

Quote of the Week:

"The opportunity to step away from everything and take a break is something that shouldn't be squandered." -- Harper Reed

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