Is it time for a Digital Detox?

Is it time for a Digital Detox? | Blog by The REBEL Workout

We live in a world where technology is a major part of our everyday lives - we rely on phones to wake us up, tell us what our day looks like, give us directions, order food … literally, EVERYTHING. How often are you waiting in line for something and your default time killer is to check your social media? Or quickly respond to an email?

Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t look at your phone after say 6PM every night. We applaud you and your self control! Unfortunately, those people are few and far between.

So, what’s the damage in being addicted to your smart phone?
  1. We’re connecting to people on a personal level less and less.
  2. Stress levels are increasing, spiking cortisol levels and creating hormonal imbalances. If you want more info on what cortisol is and what is does, check out Breakin’ Down Cortisol.
  3. We’re getting less quality, restorative sleep.
  4. You know what less sleep means, right? Less exercise, poor food choices … and the list goes on and on.
  5. Drivers distracted by their phones are causing all kinds of accidents.

Here’s our challenge to you:


Pick up your phone less. Connect to people more. Live your life in the moment, in the present, and surrounded by PEOPLE, not technology.

So, what does that look like?

Turn off notifications on your phone.

Don’t put everything on silent and ignore Grandma Patty when she calls for her monthly update, but DO silence the notifications from social media and email. Do you *need* to know every time someone likes you Instagram post (that you took like 253 photos for, just to get one good one)? Do you *need* to know that Sephora emailed you about the latest Spring obsessions? Do you *need* to know that it’s Joe Hammock’s birthday on Facebook (you know, the kid with thick glasses from 2nd grade)? That answer is no. Turn those notifications off ASAP!

Engage in activities that occupy the hands, body and brain.

Go for a hike. Jump in the lake for a swim. Pick a mountain face and rock-climb it. Stop by the studio and lift some kettlebells. Heck, take up cooking! Engaging in an activity that will keep all parts of your body busy will keep you off that damn phone. Oh! And if you’re looking for some of our fav recipes to kick off your cooking journey, check these out:

Butternut Squash + Kale + Sausage Frittata
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Watermelon Gazpacho

Don’t sleep with your phone in your bedroom.

Seriously. Get an old-school alarm and use that to wake you up. Having your phone in a different room means you’re less likely to troll the internet at 3AM when you can’t sleep. It also means that when your drunk friend accidentally pocket dials you at 1:54AM on a Tuesday, it’s not going to wake you up. Think screens before bed aren’t really that big a deal? Harvard researchers would tell you otherwise: they recently found that those infernal machines we love so much can disrupt melatonin production, sleep quality and mood. So … less sleep which, over time, can encourage the development of a host of life-altering health problems. If you need help winding down before bed, check out 5 Stretches for Sleep.

Meditate … the old school way.

Learn to be still and quiet the mind. Meditation, without the help of an app, is a great way to clear your head, allowing you to space out. Refresh your brain by giving it a few moments throughout the day to wander, to take in the surroundings and appreciate where you are in the moment in the real world, not the digital one. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - meditation is great for the body and mind! Read this post for more info: Meditate Your Way to Happiness.

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