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Digital Detox

08 Jun Digital Detox

The Digital Detox phenomenon is on the rise

Humans have uprooted themselves from their natural environment in favour of comfortable surroundings. Now, we have come to a scary point in human history where many of us have become addicted to our devices and computers. We ignore real human interaction, the light of a beautiful day, even our own hunger, in favour of that magical little device that can become our entire world. Some people have become zombies that avoid all the things that are good for us- physical excercise, good nutrition, social interaction, and the great outdoors- our original home.

According to WikipediaDigital detox refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic connecting devices such as smartphones and computers. It is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress, focus more on true social interaction and connection with nature in the physical world.[1] Claimed benefits include increased mindfulness, lowered anxiety, and an overall better appreciation of one’s environment.[2][3] The best way to detox is by going into nature. [4] Studies have shown that blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the level of “stress hormones” like Cortisol all decrease faster in natural settings. Depression, anger and aggressiveness are reduced in green environments and ADHD symptoms in children reduce when they play in green settings.[5]

Digital detoxing is a growing phenomenon that serves as a reaction to the information overload coming with new media and digital connecting devices. Smartphones, laptops and tablets, combined with the increasing wireless Internet accessibility, enable technology users to constantly be connected to the digital world.[6] Constant online connectivity may have a negative impact on the users’ experience with electronic connecting devices and result in a wish to temporarily refrain from communication technology usage. [4]

Nature restores

One of the most intriguing areas of current research is the impact of nature on general wellbeing. In one study in Mind, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balancedOther studies by Ulrich, Kim, and Cervinka show that time in nature or scenes of nature are associated with a positive mood, and psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality. [1]

“science suggests we may seek out nature not only for our physical survival, but because it’s good for our social and personal well-being.”

Now, a large body of research is documenting the positive impacts of nature on human flourishing—our social, psychological, and emotional life. Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature, living near nature, or even viewing nature in paintings and videos can have positive impacts on our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions. In particular, viewing nature seems to be inherently rewarding, producing a cascade of position emotions and calming our nervous systems. These in turn help us to cultivate greater openness, creativity, connection, generosity, and resilience.[2]

In other words, science suggests we may seek out nature not only for our physical survival, but because it’s good for our social and personal well-being.

There is also some evidence that exposure to nature impacts the brain. Viewing natural beauty (in the form of landscape paintings and video, at least) activates specific reward circuits in the brain associated with dopamine release that give us a sense of purpose, joy, and energy to pursue our goals.

But, regrettably, people seem to be spending less time outdoors and less time immersed in nature than before. It is also clear that, in the past 30 years, people’s levels of stress and sense of “busyness” have risen dramatically. These converging forces have led environmental writer Richard Louv to coin the term “nature deficit disorder”—a form of suffering that comes from a sense of disconnection from nature and its powers. [3]

Back to Nature Journeys will soon be offering Digital Detox Retreats that will bring balance back to your life, including: a lush day spa to help unwind, delicious and nourishing food and cold-pressed juices, relaxing beach time, yoga with a certified teacher each morning, massage, and art in nature, and simple yet profound activities to deepen your experience with our full reconnection adventure https://www.backtonaturejourneys.com.au/journey-2-full-reconnection-adventure/

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[1] https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

[2] [3]http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_happens_when_we_reconnect_with_nature#.WMGF36raA7I.facebook

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_detox

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