Take a digital detox this Family Day

Take a digital detox this Family Day

Today is a reminder of family and celebrating gratitude. 

Digital Detox: "By far the best thing I could have ever done for myself"
Digital Detox: "By far the best thing I could have ever done for myself"/ iStock

Happy Family Day!

The value of family, love, and practising gratitude is something we all need reminding of some time or another. We guess this is why we have 'Family Day' during the Easter break. 

Of course, part of celebrating time together as a family means staying away from digital devices, which can be difficult to do. 

How often do you sink into the lounge chair or jump into bed and connect more with your device than you do with your family? 

Everyone is guilty of it, but what matters is changing that behaviour. 

Here are some tips that may help you digitally detox from your devices and be more present with your family this Family Day. 

  • Turn your notifications off. This helps you focus on being present when you hear an alert on your phone, it is only natural to want to check it. 
  • Commit to doing more offline activities. Instead of playing sudoku, solitaire and Candy Crush instead, you could visit the library, engage in gardening or take a walk. 
  • Set time limits. If you have to be on your phone, make sure that you are not on your phone the entire day, there should be a clear line of when you should sign off. 

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  • Have a digital free zone in the house. Get a small container or box and ask everyone in the family to leave their phones in there when it is family time. 
  • Set ramifications. If you or someone in the family uses their phone during the digital free time or outside of phone time then you have to put money in a jar that goes towards activities for the family or do extra chores in the house. 

These are just some tips you can try to help you and your family enjoy time together without any digital devices. Believe us when we say, it is both mentally and physically healthy to detach from your devices. 

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