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Of all the seasons, spring is when we are most tired. It’s the time to press pause, disconnect to reconnect, and look after ourselves a little better.

Spring Time Lethargy

When the days are getting brighter and the weather is getting warmer, why are we so tired?

Firstly, Daylight Saving Time disrupts our sleeping schedules and our bodies are not good at adjusting to these changes. According to Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., an environmental scholar with the National Sleep Foundation, our excess drowsiness in spring is due to the fact that our bodies take time to adjust our sleep-wake cycles to match the new season patterns.

Another reason is the trees. Many of us suffer from pollen allergies, and this could be making you feel more lethargic than usual. Throughout the spring months, trees, grasses, and weeds are releasing pollen into the air to fertilise other plants. Even a mild reaction can kick your immune system into action and release histamines into the blood.

Of course we can carry on as normal and fight it, making ourselves more and more tired until the phase passes. Or we can use it as a time to practice self-care and take a step back, ultimately making us feel more energised and improving our overall productivity. One way we can do this is with a digital detox.

Too Much Screen Time?

How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? According to the market-research group Nielsen, adults are spending over 11 hours per day interacting with media. That’s up from 9 hours and 32 minutes four years ago. Of those 11 hours, 4 hours and 46 minutes are spent watching television. 

Too much screen time can have a negative psychological, social and cultural impact on our lives. Living in a generation of multi-task masters, we are finding it increasingly difficult to sit and focus on one thing. In turn, our productivity levels lower as stress levels sky rocket. Internet use, dependency and forms of addiction are higher than we might like to admit.

A digital detox is one way we can learn to find a healthier balance in our lives as well as alleviate some of the stresses that come with the changes in seasons, making us happier and more productive. 

The Digital Detox

There are many ways to do a digital detox. It has to be realistic for you. You don’t have to run off to the countryside, live in a yurt for a fortnight, and completely cut off from the world, but f you want to then go for it! Here are some other things you can do…

  • Focus on your inner circle – the people who are essential to you at home and at work. Treat anything else as a distraction and focus on what really matters instead. Take a break from messages and notifications from others unless they are emergencies for a set period of time.
  • Ask yourself why you have pulled out your phone – try not to use it as a distraction tool to avoid what’s in front of you. Treat your phone as a tool to perform certain tasks, not as entertainment or something to keep you busy. That means no browsing news feeds, watching videos, or playing games. Perform the task you opened your phone for then put it down.
  • Make a list of tech-free things you would like to do – include activities you enjoy but aren’t doing presently. This list will help you to make the most of your digital detox when you get back hours of time each day.
  • The rule of three – divide your day into 8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, and 8 hours free. By setting this rule, you are practicing work/life balance and self-care in one move. It means you can still get your work done, get some much-needed rest, and have some free time to let your mind wander, enjoy yourself, and relax.
  • Spend some time with no tech at all – when you can and it’s realistic to do so (weekends, evenings and family holidays for instance), implement a technology ban for a limited period of time. It’s surprising how often we use technology as a security blanket to avoid real interaction. Not only will this help you to reset, it can bring your family closer together.

At PEPIT Consulting, we help individuals and companies to work smarter, be more productive, build resilience, and become mentally agile. Are you interested in learning more? Please email info@pepitconsulting.com.

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