A week without the screen? It is enough to send any kid (and their parents) into a spin.
But in today’s tech-obsessed world, often the best escape from the maddening pace of everyday life is simply to switch off – literally.
Amongst the many benefits of switching off tech is its capacity to rewire your brain – in a good way. Tech like smartphones are addictive and unplugging help reduce the effects of technology addiction including anxiety and depression. But it’s certainly been a challenge since the introduction of Covid-19. The need for social distancing, isolation, working and studying from home has meant increased reliance on technology and therefore dependence has increased. Even more of a reason to unplug on your next holiday, as a form of digital detox.
School holidays are an ideal opportunity to unplug from digital technology and spend time together as a family. Whether you’re planning a road trip, a camping adventure or time in a family-friendly hotel, there is always an opportunity to unplug.
Quality not quantity
Without the distraction of apps, email and games, parents and their kids have more time to reconnect and spend quality time together. Kids grow up fast, and every conversation counts when it comes to strengthening your bond. Put your phone away and be present in the moment.
There’s a world around you
Next time you are in any public setting – look around. Chances are, 9 out of 10 people will be engrossed in the important business of scrolling their screen, connected to the digital world. When you break the habit, even for a short while, it allows you to become more aware of your surroundings and your own thoughts.
Often, it is when we are not thinking of much at all that we have our greatest ideas. Give your mind a chance to relax without reaching for your phone or iPad and you may be surprised to discover new thoughts or even a solution to the problem that’s been bugging you.
Likewise, young imaginations fire best without screens putting a dampener on the process.
The two of us
Unplugged holidays also provide parents with quality time for each other, and a healthy couple relationship is integral to a healthy family.
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