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5 Ways to Prevent Digital Overload

July 18, 2018

Digital overload is exactly what it sounds like, an overwhelming flood of information and stimulation from digital devices, and it affects at least 34 per cent of all workers, according to a survey from Microsoft. What's more, this near-constant access to digital technology can be stress inducing, which could negatively impact your mental well-being.

To ensure that you avoid digital overload, considering adopting these five beneficial practices:

Leave Your Phone Outside The Bedroom At Night

It's common for individuals to use their phones as an alarm clock. This may seem like a harmless practice, but the light emitted by your phone negatively affects levels of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin.

Keep your phone out of reach at home

Keeping your phone physically out of reach can help you use it less. According to its 2016 survey, Catalyst Canada found that 3 out of 4 Canadians own a smartphone, making it easy to remain digitally connected at all times.

Turn off notifications and use "flight mode"

Turn off all your phone's notifications to make sure that you are not disturbed during sleep.

Take physical notes

Instead of reaching for your phone every time you feel the need to look something up, make a note and then check a number of items once you have a sizable list.

Practice mindfulness

Try reading a book, going outdoors, or interacting with people in person rather than digitally.