I'm certain you will have heard the term 'digital detox' thrown around. I personally have always been intrigued by them and have considered doing one myself on numerous occasions. However I kept putting it off and always found a reason where I just 'needed' to use my phone or laptop. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a digtal detox event in Manchester on Twitter. While it's too far for me to attend, I was inspired to look more into the practice of mindfulness - I felt like it was a sign! Hosting the event is Karuna, a global guru and founder of Hub for the Heart. She believes that the solution to a more mindful life lives in ‘powering up’ – or learning to bring balance to your life by tuning into your mind’s potential. Mindfulness in essence is the alignment with a deeper understanding; the ability to respond rather than react; and a recognition that each action effects the present moment and a future unfolding. Practice of mindfulness can lead to a better brain and ultimately a better business through more engaged team members, who are present and focused and less down time due to illness, as the practice has been proven to boost the immune system. Property developers Allied London behind the event are just one of the companies looking into how to make mindfulness the heart of building development across the UK. I bet you never thought I'd be talking about property development on here now did you? I spent a long time looking into this more and during my research I found it interesting to learn that between 8.30am – 11am is the time of day when stress tends to peak and I assume it's due to the volume of emails and work you have, even before you arrive to the office if you have a work phone. Moreover the average person spends up to 12 hours a day transfixed by digital devices and technology, while a worrying 61% of people admit to being addicted to the internet and their devices. After my detox I was embarrassed to realise I probably fall into both those categories! So Thursday evening came around and I was more than ready for my detox. I've often found myself feeling anxious or overloaded with information in the evenings when scrolling through social media, especially as my job means I'm on the computer all day anyway. As much as I love the internet and the blogging industry, it can be hard to zone out from it all. Before this, I genuinely couldn't remember the last time I hadn't used a phone, laptop or watched TV during the evening - how sad is that?! So I thought I'd start small and commit to an evening digital-free as I have quite a busy birthday weekend planned and need my phone to contact people. I would have done the whole day but I'm not sure I could have explained it to work... From around 6pm I turned off my phone (after letting my friends and Twitter know obvs) and shut down my laptop to avoid temptation. Ever one to be prepared, I'd even made a to-do list of productive things I could do without my laptop or phone. First up was to spend more time on my dinner by making one of my favourite healthy pizzas. You'll have to excuse my hair as I had applied a hair mask before I showered! I spent the rest of the evening snuggled in my Victoria's Secret pj's writing a handwritten letter for a special someone, giving my skin some much needed TLC with my beloved Clarisonic Mia (the perfect xmas gift if you're wondering) and a sheet mask! I read my book looking rather scary - I don't know why I'm still single?! - before painting my nails with Essie's 'Fishnet Stockings' which is a spicy dark red shade. While I initially felt a bit lost not being able to check my phone or Instagram every five minutes, I quickly relaxed into it and enjoyed every moment of it. The one thing I wasn't expecting was that I had no idea what time it was as I don't have a clock in my room so I kept asking my sister what the time was. I'm not sure if that's classed as cheating! I slept very well anyway and did revert back to my usual routine of checking my phone in the morning but I can say hand on heart that I'm dying to try a full weekend digital detox as some point because if I felt that refreshed after just a few hours, I can only imagine the benefits of a full weekend. If you're looking for a greater work/life balance a digital detox every once in a while is something I think you should consider. Make it work for you and your schedule. It might be simply not checking your phone as soon as you wake up or leaving your phone in another room in the evenings. These small steps make a huge impact on your overall wellbeing! Will you be giving one a go?