Digital Detox | 4 Top Tips To Reduce Digital Screen Time

Wellness | Digital Detox & 4 Ways To Reduce Digital Screen Time

Digital media is a major contributor to the state if my emotional wellbeing. In fact, the over-use of social and digital media adds to my levels of anxiety.

After recognizing how digital media affects my health, I’ve embarked on digital detox. This is a journey to reduce my screen time and develop healthier habits with technology.

Ways I’m Reducing Digital Screen Time

Reducing screen time is a personal choice. No one can dictate how much screen time is too much screen time for someone else. The below tips are not all encompassing, but may be helpful.

  • Deleting Apps That Make Me Miserable | I’m not sure why, but no app fills me with greater sadness than Facebook. Unfortunately, mindlessly checking Facebook became an ingrained habit when I was in high school and university. To stop the misery, I deleted the Facebook and Messenger apps off my phone and I’m glad to say that I don’t miss them!
  • Turning Off Banner Notifications | To stop myself from constantly checking my phone, I keep my phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day. By keeping my phone on DND, it won’t light up when I receive notifications or texts, nor will it ring the first time someone attempts to call me. Also, I’ve turned off banner notifications for nearly all the apps on my phone.
  • Using Apple’s Screen-Time to Limit Phone Usage | Screen-Time has quickly become my favorite feature on my phone. Not only can this feature be used to monitor how much I use my phone during the day, but it can be used to set limits on my usage. I set a daily limit for Social Media and Entertainment apps (YouTube), so I won’t waste my day away on my phone. Also, I have my phone set such that I’m unable to access non-essential apps between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
  • Unsubscribing from Tempting Email Lists | My spam/shopping email was out of control and too triggering for me to shop. In an effort to curb my spending, I unsubscribed from nearly all the email lists I previously joined.

Reducing the time I spend online is better for my mental health, my productivity, and my personal finances. I often see the most success when I completely cut bad habits from my life rather than just tempting to reduce how often I do something.

Final Thoughts on my Digital Detox

Although I’ve still been feeling a little bit down, my digital detox has been helpful for reducing digital-induced stress. Not only am I spending less time mindlessly scrolling on my phone, but I’m more productive during the day. Since the digital detox, I’ve been sleeping better at night.

Overall, I know that I feel better about my life and my present circumstances when I’m not mindlessly scrolling through social media. When I spend too much time online, I find myself playing the comparison game. Comparison can challenge me, but too often I feel down.

I want to live a full and worthwhile life, so I’m happy to spend less time online. I am likely to participate in future digital detoxes to improve my mental health.

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What do you do to reduce screen time? Any tips or tricks? Have you done a digital detox before? Please let me know in the comments below.

32 thoughts on “Digital Detox | 4 Top Tips To Reduce Digital Screen Time

  1. Those are great ways for a Digital Detox! I barely use facebook nowadays but going through your apps and clearing the stuff that make you miserable is really important. Unsubscribing from tempting emails is SO HARD though!! Hahaha. I just try to delete them automatically and not even look at them if I really am not looking to buy. Sometimes it does lure me in but unsubscribing is such a better and more permanent way. Thanks for sharing girl! <3

    Geraldine |

  2. Girl, I can so relate to this…shocker haha! I deleted my Facebook about a year ago because of how toxic it was and how much time it was consuming from me. I honestly don’t regret it. I’m perfectly fine with only using IG, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat (occasionally) I admit that I do have days where I spend more time than planned on Instagram and Twitter but I am trying my best to control my time. Digital detoxes are so important and these tips are so helpful! I will definitely be trying out tip #3, since it is the one thing I haven’t done yet! Thanks for sharing, girl!

    Much love always,
    GABBY |

    1. Same girl – Twitter & IG are like a black vortexes sometimes! I keep FB just to stay connected to family and up to date on social because of my Marketing career!!

      Setting limits is sooo eye opening because you realize just how much how time is wasted scrolling online!

  3. This is so helpful and important, LP. I get those screen time messages, which seem like a low estimate to me honestly (but I am spread between many devices, and all aren’t Apple, so that’s probably why). I had no idea I could set my apps to be unavailable. It sounds scary to me right now, which I know is sad, but I also know it’s needed. Thanks so much for sharing this. We only get one chance at this whole thing and who wants to waste it basically living on social media? Definitely not me. ♥️

    1. My thoughts exactly – I feel like phone time is def more wasteful than laptop time though because I am more apt to just scroll mindlessly on my phone. If I’m on my laptop, I’m more likely to be doing something productive.

      Even if you don’t set limits for apps, it can be eye opening just to see how long you spend using certain apps / how long you’re on your phone in a given day!

  4. This tips are absolutely brilliant! Both my partner and I try to limit our phonetime and it makes such a massive difference to our productive and just general happiness… definitely gonna try out some of these tips, I’m a bit scared to use a time on phone tracking app tbh… I’m sure I spend WAY too much already xx

    1. Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment – it is 💯 eye opening once you see the numbers, but sometimes I think that type of shock can become a helpful motivator for change! 💜

  5. I love hearing people doing some digital detox or reducing screen time. Our brains need some time to rest too. I turn off notifications for most of my apps except for text and gmail. Otherwise, apps will have to wait. I agree with unsubscribing from emails! Thanks for sharing all of these tips to reduce screen time.

    Nancy ♥

  6. We as digital creators and full time influencers find that social media detoxes are so important! We spend so much time on our screens that we forget the wonders of the real world. We have been limiting our phone usage and from 22h we turn off everything and only start working and look at the phone after our morning routines 🙂

  7. I usually use The app “Forest” for a small detox.
    I Can just set The app to up to two hours, and it will ‘plant a tree’ if I use my phone The tree will die.
    Then when I have planted enough trees, I Can choose to plant a Real tree through The app, so I do not only get to be productive, I also feel great about myself 😉🌳

  8. I turned off the push notifications for facebook and twitter about a year back and I honestly have no regrets. I keep the apps on my phone because I don’t want to get into the scrolling habit on my laptop instead. Sometimes I fall down a Twitter rabbit hole but I’m fairly good at only using them for the time I want to or when I’m out on my own walking from A to B.

  9. Deleting apps is so simple but so effective. I ended up deleting a lot of apps that I don’t use anymore or that make my mental health worse and it really helped. Awesome post by the way!

  10. These are all really great tips! It’s good to take a break from social media, especially when you’re feeling stressed or down. I usually try to limit my time on Facebook too throughout the day. Lately, I’ve also been actively eating dinner without watching YouTube. It’s been so nice to just enjoy the moment and my mind feels much clearer after a long day. Thanks for sharing this awesome post!! x

  11. I love this. I’ve gone through so many stages where I try to limit my social media use, and I can 10000% feel a positive difference, but then a few weeks in I slowly fall back into my past habits without even realising honestly….. That’s so great that you’ve stayed so true to your digital detox, even the little things can make a huge difference. This has really inspired me to get my act together again!

  12. Just like we need to watch what we eat, we need to pay attention to our digital diet and remove things that aren’t serving us anymore. Good luck on your detox. We can all use it from time to time. Cheers!

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