Ever feel like you’re in a constant whirlwind of Social Media, Messaging, Apps, Games etc that you just can’t get out off!! Maybe you should try a digital detox? A digital detox is when you voluntarily refrain from using smartphones, Computers and in particular Social Media.

Research has shown that it can help us to reduce stress and anxiety, particularly that which comes from Social Media. It allows us to reconnect with nature and appreciate our surrounding, refocus our ability to interact with people and be in sociable situations and it can even increase our mindfulness.

If you feel like you need to get away and give yourself the chance to fully detox there is no better place than the South Downs. You could escape to nature and find out so much about yourself, your surrounding and the people around you. A great way to do this would be to visit a health retreat such as,

Tilton House, giving you the opportunity to relax, enjoy the gardens and even spend the evening looking at the stars by the fire pit. Take the time to enjoy a walk on the downs and enjoy the nature that surrounds you. Its only 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of London. They have opportunities for Yoga Retreats, Mind and body re-balance, Refresh and revive among many more. www.tiltonhouse.co.uk

Gayles is a small retreat centre in the South Downs, the environment encourages you to relax and build on your self-development, offering a range of weekend and day retreats it is definitely a great option for escaping the digital world we are in. www.retreattogayles.co.uk

These are just a couple of options available in the South Downs, you could also look at booking a spa weekend at one of the many beautiful spots we have dotted around. However if this isn’t your thing you can always just use the South Downs as the base to your own Digital detox, head out on a walk along the South Downs way trail, leaving the phone in your pocket and vow only to take it out to capture that amazing view or on the off chance there is an emergency.

Sit back and watch the world go by from the café at the Seven Sisters Country Park or visit one of the many beautiful little villages and enjoy a great coffee and a cake, actually engaging in conversation not only with the people your with but other people who may cross your path, take this time to say hello, you never know who is around you when your head is in your phone.

These things will all help you to realise and appreciate your surroundings and will give you a great base to continue on your Digital detox journey when you are home and back in the real world, you will remember the peace you felt, the tranquility and the sense of the bigger world when that social media life all just gets a bit much.

So have fun and enjoy your journey.

Happy Adventuring!!

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