What is digital self-care?

Digital self-care is when we make a conscious effort to reduce our use of smartphones and social media, to improve our mental health. Most of us can admit we spend too much time on our phones and social media platforms, from directors right the way to security officers. This is becoming more widely recognised, which brings about campaigns like ‘Scroll Free September’ and companies like TechTimeOut. These are great ways of encouraging social media lovers to reduce their scrolling and use their time more productively.

How it could benefit you.

Something as simple as cutting down social media use, even by 30 minutes a day, can bring benefits, such as:

  • Improved sleep,
  • Better connected relationships,
  • Improved mood
  • Lower comparison
  • Lower self-doubt
  • Reduced impulse purchases
  • More time for hobbies
  • More time for socialising
  • Better self-esteem

This can help to benefit all businesses and schools, improving the mental wellbeing of their people.

Tips for digital self-care.

When it comes to digital self-care, you may not know where to start or may be struggling to make changes. There are many simple ways to step back from these platforms, such as:

  • Leave smartphones at home Switch to a phone that can only call and text when leaving the house.
  • Sleep with phone in a different room – Break the cycle of looking at it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
  • Set usage limits for devices or apps – This is a great way to gradually reduce your limit each day.
  • Track screen time – Seeing your progress as these figures decrease can help maintain motivation
  • Temporarily delete apps This will not erase your accounts, and they can be easily re-downloaded in the future
  • Turn off notifications This can help to forget about apps as they will not be presented to you as often.
  • Use do not disturb mode This turns off notifications for all apps if you want time away from your device completely.
  • Get others involved – An accountability buddy ensures you’re not alone and you stay motivated throughout


TechTimeOut work with employers and the public to encourage healthier relationships with technology, supporting mental health and productivity with their tools and resources. It’s essential to find a healthy balance when considering device usage. provide the tools to find a tech/life balance that improves your wellbeing, productivity, and relationships. Our HQ team recently took part in the TechTimeOut campaign, encouraging us to build better relationships with our devices.

For more helpful resources and information about digital self-care, head to the Scroll Free September website. HERE

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