Why Digital Detoxes are Good for You

Celebrate National Day of Unplugging with these outdoor activities.

Now more than ever, we’ve seen how technology has kept us close during times where being physically together was next to impossible. From working from home to virtual watch parties, facetime calls, and virtual events, we stayed connected to the rest of the outside world right from our digital devices. Being digitally connected does have its benefits and drawbacks when consumed excessively though. According to Web MD, scheduling breaks from your digital devices can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.  
 

With that said, when was the last time you’ve had a digital detox? Wouldn't hitting the "re-start" button be a welcome "refresh" on your outlook? In honor of National Day of Unplugging, we thought of a couple of ways to get started on a digital detox that might be long overdue. That selfie post can wait, JAFRA Beauty! Turn off all cell phones, TVs, and shut down computers. Go ahead, give Alexa the night off. Here are a few ways to detox from the digital world: 
 

Swap Digital Time for Volunteer Time 

There’s no better use of your digital time than volunteering for a local organization or club in your community. Find out what kind of causes you’re passionate about and see if there are any nonprofits around your area that focus on that. There are great nonprofit organizations like MeWater Foundation that are always in need of volunteers. If physically volunteering is not an option now, consider finding ways to fundraise money for them by selling items you no longer use. Volunteering is another way to meet other warm and kind-hearted individuals who are looking to make the world a better place. 

 

Stay Grounded with Nature 

When was the last time you went for a nature walk? How about taking your beloved self on a picnic? Or bring a special someone along to engage in yummy pre-packed treats and enticing conversation. Kick off your shoes and feel the green grass or soft, warm beach sand gently massage your tensions away. Adding outdoor walking or activities to your weekly schedule can create a healthier balance between the digital and the real world. Start off by walking to a local park for 30 minutes once a week. Slowly increase the time and switch to different locations. If you live close to any national park, consider visiting every weekend! There’s so much to explore in national parks or recreation areas. Being out in nature's open spaces has a way of recharging us with fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful scenery of wildlife. Plus, there are certain days where entrance to any national park is FREE! 

 

Self-care with JAFRA Spa 

Relaxing scents like chamomile or lavender help the body unwind from daily stressors. We know how hard adulting can be, JAFRA Beauty. Consider the JAFRA Spa Power Down Trio to help you press the "pause" button today! Ingredients like lavender essential oil and chamomile extract instantly calm, cleanse and renew. If you’re looking for a pick me up though, try the Power Up Trio for an immediate recharge! It’s an energizing self-care ritual with a zesty scent of citrus essential oil, jasmine, and cedarwood. 

Don’t have time for self-care? No worries! If you only have 15-20 minutes free, then multi-masking is the way to go. Apply the JAFRA Spa Mud Mask around the cheek area and the JAFRA ROYAL Revitalize Volcanic Micro Polish Mask around the nose, forehead and chin area. These two face masks are the perfect combo that’ll help refresh, hydrate, and gently exfoliate the skin during a time crunch. Your complexion will be renewed and revitalized in minutes! 

 

Balance Life and Technology 

We know how hard it can be to unplug, especially if social media is part of your job. Or maybe you don’t have any accumulated PTO so working is a must. Even then though, there are still different ways to limit screen time without falling behind at work.  
 

Most smartphones have “Focus” and "Screen Time” features that limit social media application use or reserve time for sleep, unwinding or just allowing yourself time to take slow deep breaths. Try laying out your schedule on a calendar or planner to see where there’s free time every week to block off as “me time.” Consider using “me time” to do your favorite hobbies like doing yoga, playing sports, hiking or reading at the beach (don’t forget your JAFRA sunscreen!). Take this time to stay grounded and maybe even use these precious moments to self-reflect on current life challenges. The mental and physical benefits of taking time for yourself, to pamper your inner being, recharge through exercise, lend a helping hand, and taking a "break" will be noticeable in the long run. 

 

Now that you’re done reading this on your mobile device, it’s time to put all these suggestions into practice! We’d love to know how you digital detox and how often. Maybe it's the first time you're willing to try to detach from your electronics. We'd love for you to share your experience. Tag @jafracosmetics on Facebook and Instagram and show us how you unplug for a chance to be featured! 

 

Multimedia enthusiast and freelance writer, Isel brings a young and fresh perspective to JAFRA. An integral part of our social media and influencer team, she is a style-savvy voice with an eye for what’s up-and-coming.  With a degree in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, she continues to feed her passion by learning everything about the beauty and skin care industry, providing readers insights into top tips and trends. We never know what she’ll come up with next, but we can promise it will be worth the read! www.jafra.com

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