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What is it? Isn’t it time for a digital detox?

Technology is supposed to save us time but it just seems to take up more of it. There’s your computer, your laptop, your tablet, your smartphone, your sports watch… And thanks to email, social media, blogging and texting, we’re always ‘on’. ‘The temptation is to multitask round the clock,’ says Cary Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University. So you read Twitter while watching TV, update your Facebook status when out for dinner. Sound familiar? ‘Being distracted doesn’t allow you to focus on the task at hand. Your mind is constantly scattered -and that way stress, anxiety and poor sleep can lie,’ says Cooper. ‘Easing our reliance on gadgets and connectivity can only improve our psychological and physical health,’ he says.

What are the benefits? Taking a break from technology could be like a spa break for your mind. A US study in the journal PLOS One sent people out for a four-day hike, leaving their digital devices at home. Spending time away from technology, and communing with nature instead, boosted their performance in creativity tests by 50 per cent. The study authors believe ‘disconnecting’ allows the brain’s prefrontal cortex, associated with creativity and higher-level thinking, to be restored.

‘Easing our reliance on gadgets and connectivity can only improve our psychological and physical health,’ he says

‘Easing our reliance on gadgets and connectivity can only improve our psychological and physical health,’ he says

It’s a phenomenon Sophie Doyle, 34, an entrepreneur from Hertfordshire, recognizes. ‘I’d been trying for weeks to write up a business plan to show to backers,’ she says. ‘It was only when my broadband went down that I realized how much time I normally waste surfing and flitting between my inbox, Facebook and Twitter. After weeks of procrastination, I got it finished in two days. Now I head for a Wi-Fi-free library, museum or café when I need to be productive. If I need to speak to someone, I use the phone and request a meeting.’

‘Real human interaction stops us being sedentary in front of screens and builds relationships, which are key to preventing anxiety and depression,’ says Cooper. How to do it ‘Control technology, don’t let it control you,’ Cooper advises. Set times to check your email at work, agree regular, gadget-free time with your friends and family. And make it a rule that if you’re out for dinner or catching up with your partner, the phone stays out of sight. ‘Stop "just checking",’ he says. ‘Especially if it’s your work emails when you’re home for the evening. This just extends the day and raises your stress - it can wait until the morning.’

‘Real human interaction stops us being sedentary in front of screens and builds relationships, which are key to preventing anxiety and depression,’ says Cooper.

‘Real human interaction stops us being sedentary in front of screens and builds relationships, which are key to preventing anxiety and depression,’ says Cooper.

There are companies that offer retreats where you abandon all devices at the start of your stay (visit inspa-retreats.com and destinationyoga.co.uk ). It’s a good rule to apply yourself on any holiday.

There are even apps designed to help you regulate your tech time. Download Freedom (macfreedom.com) and set it to block internet access on your PC or Mac for up to eight hours, while Anti-Social (anti-social.cc) simply blocks social media access. And Digital Detox (tirl.org/software/digitaldetox) is a smartphone app that will completely disable your phone for a set period, determined by you.

The Pure Gym

What is it? Keeping fit is supposed to help you feel energized, happy, strong and lean. But sometimes the stress of trying to fit your workouts in, or the volume of exercise you’re doing, can leave you feeling burned out. Clean fitness means taking a more holistic approach to exercise, embracing mind-body disciplines like yoga and meditation, and connecting with the great outdoors.

Keeping fit is supposed to help you feel energized, happy, strong and lean.

Keeping fit is supposed to help you feel energized, happy, strong and lean.

What are the benefits? If you spend your days squashed on public transport and then in a noisy office, a visit to the gym, with its whirring machines and blaring TV screens, may not provide the serenity you need. And if you don’t allow yourself adequate post-exercise recovery, with good nutrition, rest days and cross training, you risk overtraining syndrome or adrenal burnout. ‘Yoga allows you to connect with yourself and nurture your body,’ says yoga teacher and life coach Sarah Oakley (yummy-yoga.co.uk). ‘Even if it’s not for you, there’s a lot to be said for learning its breathing and focusing techniques, which you can bring to any workout.’ Yoga moves can also help to detox your cellular and circulatory systems, expelling carbon dioxide and lactic acid and boosting deep tissue flexibility.

Who does it? Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Geri Halliwell are famous yogis. Kelly Brook and Katy Perry love outdoor hikes.

‘Even if it’s not for you, there’s a lot to be said for learning its breathing and focusing techniques, which you can bring to any workout.’

‘Even if it’s not for you, there’s a lot to be said for learning its breathing and focusing techniques, which you can bring to any workout.’

How to do it Visit bwy.org.uk to find a yoga teacher; your local Buddhist center may have information on meditation. Or try t-m.org.uk for transcendental meditation. If exercise tires rather than invigorates you, ask a trainer for a simpler program. ‘Try varying your activities,’ says Oakley. ‘If you run on road, take to the trails. Gym bunny? Get outdoors for some circuit training. Swim laps? Jump into a lake.’ Visit outdoorswimmingsociety.com and mind.org.uk/a

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