Do you find yourself reaching for your phone to check emails the second you wake up? Still scrolling on social come the wee hours? Too busy lolling at cat GIFs to notice that fast-approaching lamp post?
When we can do everything from ordering food and watching TV, to finding romance and even running a business on our phones, no wonder 46% of us would rather suffer a broken bone than a broken phone (whoa).
This fear of losing your mobile phone is so prevalent, it’s even been given a name – nomophobia! (Geddit?)
If the idea of giving up your phone #DoesNotCompute, maybe a short term digital detox could be just the thing to help you curb your digital habit and experience the world IRL.
Why not give yourself permission to log off for a few days with a digital detox holiday? Here are 5 easy ways to disconnect and enjoy life in three dimensions.
1. ‘Wander where the WiFi is weak’ and other habit-breakers
Kicking your phone habit is easier on holiday because your usual routine is left back home (with the shorts you forgot to pack). Leave your phone in your hotel room for the day and make the most of the opportunity to get out there and DO STUFF. Go for a walk, read by the pool, sample the local foodie delicacies and tick off the tourist sites.
Keep your hands busy with an ice lolly!
2. Keep calm and set some ground rules
If going cold turkey is too much to bear, set some limits on what’s allowed and what’s not – maybe you’re allowed to use your phone to take photos, or make the odd phone call home. Fine. The rest of the time, stick it in aeroplane mode or even delete apps from your phone so you’re not tempted to check in.
And step away from the email! Work will survive without you (sorry, it’s true).
3. Safety in numbers
If your holiday buddy is up for it, get them in on the act. Make a deal not to use your phones and bond over trying to make sense of an actual paper map instead of a guidebook app.
Anyone who breaks the pact has to fork out for dinner.
4. Change your mindset from FOMO to YOLO
At first you might suffer from the ‘fear of missing out’ on what everyone else is doing online, but in reality, you’ll feel far more relaxed and happy when you’re not bombarded with everyone else’s highlight reels. You only live once!
5. And if none of that works…
… digital detox hotels are a thing. These retreats force you to disconnect from the virtual world and reconnect to the real world in stunning locations.
(Although let’s be honest, you’re basically paying them to turn the WiFi off and put the TV in a cupboard.)
So why not give it a shot? A break from your digital devices could open up a world of new real-life experiences.
And if you want to keep your newfound sense of wellbeing going when you return home, how about trying one of our new recipes, made with Pura liquid coconut oil?
 NPR. ‘Irresistible’ by design: it’s no accident you can’t stop looking at the screen. http://ww.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyid=519977607