Unplug and Zone Out
Spa guests at Rudding Park can enhance their well-being as Rudding Park Spa introduces monthly Digital Detox Days.
Designed as an antidote to today’s reliance on technology, on the first Tuesday of every month, guests will be asked to leave their phone behind or in their locker so they can focus on mindfulness - being in the moment and really making the most of their spa experience.
Numerous studies suggest we are becoming overly attached to our devices. According to stats published by Time to Log Off, (ironically, most digital detox advice is online), UK adults spend an average of eight hours 41 minutes per day on screens, that is over half our working life.
Sarah Johnson, Rudding Park Spa Manager explains, “The smartphone has almost become an extension of the human hand – an accessory so essential you feel lost without it. Having been voted one of the most ‘instagrammable’ spas in the country we understand the power of user-generated content and guests love to share their pictures of the spa experience with their social media followers, however, it’s not for everyone so we wanted to dedicate a day each month where guests can spa without any digital distractions.”
When you look at your daily lifestyle, it can feel like there is no escaping the screen. But the benefits of cutting back are well worth the effort
A content and calmer you
When you are on your phone or absorbed in your emails, you are not living in the present. It’s only when you open your eyes to the here and now that you realise how easy it is to miss out on the good things around you.
You’ll be more productive
Be honest – is most of your time spent checking your social media channels and scrolling through your friend’s travel pics, rather than responding to messages or connecting with others.
If you’re stuck in cyber world too long, your social connections in real life can take a back seat. We all know that person who doesn’t get off their phone at dinner. Don’t be that person!
Your physical health will improve
If your eyes are glued to the screen, you’re probably sitting or lying down. A sedentary lifestyle tied to a screen is not only terrible for your lower back and neck, it’s also bad on your waist line. Unplug, go outside and get the blood moving. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel.
When your body knows it’s time to sleep, your brain releases a chemical called melatonin, which helps the body relax and prepare for some shut-eye. Science has shown that when you look at a screen before bedtime, your brain is tricked into thinking it must remain alert and awake, preventing melatonin from being released. Perhaps this is why you might be tossing and turning in bed wondering why you cannot get to sleep.
Technology is incredible and the benefits are huge in so many aspects of everyday life. However, being able to unplug and have some time away from the screen will leave you re-energised and more in touch with the world around you. Here’s a quote to inspire you from author Anne Lammott: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”