Now that Art Basel Miami online sale rooms are closed, it seems we can gradually start our digital detox. But that is easier said than done, right? If we weren’t already addicted to our screens before 2020, this year has really gone and made it that much worse. The thing is art squad, we really need some time to recover from all those viewing rooms and zoom conferences, but how do we do it? Well, let us tell you!
This sounds super obvious, but it’s not exactly easy when all modes of communication these days seem to involve a phone and a strong wifi connection. The idea of logging off of Instagram for even a few hours seems like bliss, that said, we do appreciate that some need social media for work. If you’re feeling really hardcore, then actually deleting the app for a short period of time works wonders, but if you still need short bursts of IG news, why not log in on your desktop? You’ll feel soooo much better for it. Anyway, if something really major happens, we’re sure your bestie will ring you to let you know what you missed!
Turn Off Notifications
If the above point is a big ask, how about turning those pesky notifications off? We don’t need to stay connected every 24/7. Not knowing what’s going on all of the time is actually quite liberating.
Stick To Working Hours
The art fairs have come to an end for 2020, people are winding down, and so must you! Work emails are for working hours only, OK?! Stop checking your inbox when you clock off for the evening, you deserve a break, your emails are not a form of instant messenger.
Turn The Phone Off
How about making sundays a “no-phone day”? 24 hours without it really won’t bring your world to a standstill, and it will probably do both you and your phone some good to enjoy some time off. Not only will you give your brain a break from overstimulation, but you’ll also be much more present in everything else that you do.
Get Social, IRL
We all love interacting on social media, but it’s so much more fun seeing our pals IRL. If it’s safe to do so, why not have a socially distanced catch-up with your BFF?! We’re sure it’ll help you to unwind!
Do Some Arts And Crafts
Many of us log in to netflix when we need to chill, but why would you go from one digital activity, to another? Give your eyes a break! Get the paints out, start doodling. Not only is it fun, but you might find out that you are the next Frida Kahlo!
After way too much time staring at blue light, a bit of fresh air will do you some good, even if it’s just going for a walk around the block. Bonus points if you leave your phone at home, too. Nature is amazing, even in the wintry months, the outdoors will help you feel centred and grounded.
Breathe, focus on relaxing. Sometimes it can be so hard to really turn off and stay still, but it’s what most of us really need.
Text Lizzy Vartanian