How to Clean Digital Clutter for Mental Clarity
Updated: Sep 3
It seems like every five seconds, something is going off. With every buzz, whir, zing, and ring, we're becoming more anxious and less capable of focusing. Now more than ever, it's important to make sure our mental health is a top priority. Diving into a digital detox may be just what the doctor ordered.
Turn off the news.
We can't say this enough: while it's important to stay informed, it's also important to unplug. Choose one news program to tune into, then be done. Try to avoid watching the news first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed. Doing so will help you get your day headed in a positive direction and will help your mind be at ease before you drift off to sleep.
Check your email only twice a day.
Whether you work a 9-to-5 or work for yourself, checking your email too often can make you less productive. If you can help it, we recommend checking it once in the morning before you get too deep into your tasks and once right after lunch.
In your personal email, stop deleting those newsletters you never read and actually unsubscribe from them. Seeing emails only from brands and businesses you love will make you feel so good.
Monitor your notifications.
Tired of apps blowing you up every time someone updates or uploads? Turn off your notifications! This isn't just for social media, though. It applies for every app you have (and you should probably delete some of those, too) and every website you've opted in to receive notifications.
Take charge of your social media interactions.
Social media gets a bad rep, but you're the one in control! Be mindful of what pages and posts you like as well as who you follow to help ensure your feed isn't harmful to your health.
Listen to positive music.
There's nothing quite like a good break up song, but maybe now isn't the time to listen to sad jams. It might be a good idea to remove music that idolizes money, violence, or disrespects women, too.
Get a happy alarm
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is inevitable if what's waking you up makes you feel annoyed. Instead, find a favorite song (positive!) or affirmations (you can even create your own) to wake up to.
Set up a tech-free bedtime routine.
Using phones, tablets, laptops, and televisions within an hour of going to bed can mess with your circadian rhythm. Your body won't release melatonin when it should and insomnia could become an issue. Having a good day tomorrow starts with getting good sleep tonight. Turn off the tech and – major keys – don't even have them in your bedroom.