It’s hard to argue with the brain and body benefits of a digital detox. Unplugging your devices and taking a time out from swiping, scrolling, and surfing can make you more productive, strengthen your relationships, and improve your sleep, says Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist specializing in anxiety and relationships. Even checking your email less often has been shown to reduce psychological stress levels, according to a 2014 Canadian study.
Thing is, it’s not realistic to go 100-percent off the grid without your work or personal life taking a hit. Instead, take these 10 steps to dial back your screen time. Shaving a few minutes here and there helps you get out from under the digital overload, and it increases the time you spend living in the real world — instead of through an Instagram filter.
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