digita detox

Digital Detox

Set aside time to disconnect from electronic devices, allowing the mind to relax and focus on the present moment.


Achieve mental clarity and reduced stress by disconnecting from digital devices.


Excessive digital exposure leads to mental clutter, stress, and lack of focus.

  • Constantly being connected to digital devices
  • Overwhelming amount of information consumption
  • Struggling to find time for self-care and relaxation


Digital Detox: A conscious decision to take a break from digital devices, helping to recharge your mental and emotional batteries.

In a nutshell:

  1. Set a specific time frame for your digital detox (e.g., a weekend or a week)
  2. Inform friends and family of your detox plan to avoid any communication issues
  3. Remove or turn off all digital devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets
  4. Engage in alternative activities that promote relaxation, such as reading, meditation, or spending time in nature

My Take

A dedicated digital detox session for a couple of days is challenging at first. There is this impulse somehow to check the device regularly. 😩 As an example, I have subscribed to so many newsletters (not to miss relevant news e.g. from the tech space) – and it’s not that easy to just skip one or two of them (hello FOMO 👋).

But the positive effects are undeniable. Your mind feels less cluttered. I also observed that, somehow, certain stress symptoms disappear after a while.

One of the most significant improvements can be your sleep quality. By stepping away from screens, especially before bedtime, you can fall asleep faster and enjoy more restful slumber.

The science behind this is that reduced exposure to blue light from screens helps regulate our natural sleep-wake cycle. The thing is, discontinued melatonin production simply makes it more difficult for your body to drift off at night (BTW: I additionally use glasses in the evening that filter out blue light – recommended!).

When it comes to the body’s response to a digital detox, taking a break from screens allows our brains to rest and helps to lower the production of stress hormones like cortisol.

So, I consider digital detox a valid complementary approach to other relaxation techniques. But it’s also a more difficult one, compared to e.g. just doing some breathing or meditation sessions.


  • Improved mental clarity (a big one!)
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Enhanced focus on the present moment
  • Improved sleep
  • Time for health-related activities (physical/meditation etc.)


  • Initial discomfort due to disconnection
  • Potential communication issues with friends and family
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO) on updates or events


A digital detox can be pretty tricky. Well, frankly, I find it quite hard, considering that I also listen to music or podcast a lot.

My learnings so far:

  • I start small with specific times of the day for device-free periods. Even this can be a challenge in various family scenarios (kids should be able to reach you), job-wise, etc.
  • I want to be a role model for my kids. This is my motivation not to fail with this exercise. Works 👍
  • I plan activities in advance to keep myself engaged during the break. Even simple “events” such as strolling around work perfectly fine.
  • If I put my device(s) in a different room, it helps by creating a physical barrier. Again, it’s fascinating how often you search for your device automatically … 🥴
  • Auto-reply messages for emails can help for longer digital detox sessions, so people know you’re temporarily unreachable.