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 Dr. 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.
Swap Digital Reads for Paper
Instead of only scrolling headlines for your news fix, or catching up on the latest books by downloading them to your e-reader, make an effort to read actual newspapers, magazines, and paper books. True, you still generally have to fork over actual cash for these things. But it’s an easy swap that helps you cut back on your screen time without cutting out your usual reading material, says Thomas.