Detox, Digital Detox, Health, Healthy Phone Use

It’s no secret many of us spend a lot of time on our phones these days. We depend on our phones for almost everything. The problem, however, is that we are constantly on, constantly connected, leaving us little time to recharge and possibly taking us away from things that are more important. Cell phones and other digital devices aren’t going anywhere and will only continue to become more integrated into our daily lives, so we need to learn how to have a better balance for our overall wellness. It’s become such a part of our routines and, because of that, will require taking intentional choices to unplug. So here’s my challenge to you! I won’t make you turn off your phone for an entire week, but I am going to suggest making one small change; even small changes can make a big difference.

Challenge: Choose 1 phone/digital device habit you can change for the next week.

My personal challenge will be to put my phone away by 9pm until I go to bed and dedicate that time to other things such as reading or playing my instrument without interruption. If you don’t know where to start, take an assessment of how you currently use your phone or other devices and see where you might benefit from making a change. Track and keep notes the old-fashioned way or use an app that will do it for you, such as These types of apps can even alert you when you’re using your phone too much, schedule times when you don’t want to be disturbed, and send auto messages while you’re “unplugged.”

Keep in mind it might be difficult at first, but try to push through it will become easier!


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About the author:
Stephanie Pichan
Stephanie Pichan is the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Whitaker LaChance Agency in Portage, Michigan. She’s a graduate of the Community Health Education program at Western Michigan University where she worked on an innovative team for 10 years developing health technology behavior-change interventions. She has a specific interest in the area of holistic health and believes in the healing power of food and its role in disease prevention.  Although she strives to get at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, she believes it’s important to indulge from time to time; ice cream is usually the winner. Whether through work, volunteering, or every day connections, she’s passionate about helping others live their best life possible. Stephanie is developing the health and wellness area at Whitaker LaChance and using her creativity to contribute to the vision of the marketing team. She’s excited to be an integral part of helping the agency grow and expand.