Why and How to Do a Digital Detox This Autumn

Why and How to Do a Digital Detox This Autumn

This is a guest post by Nelma Lumme.

Fall is an amazing season. Nature’s colors are phenomenal. It is still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activity. Football is in full swing. And it is the last several weeks we have before hunkering down inside for those long cold winter months if we live in colder climates. Even if we live in warmer climates, however, where seasonal changes are not so prominent, fall can be a time to take a break before the stressful holiday season begins.

Part of taking a break might be to consider some digital detox.

Why Is It Called Digital Detox

Digital addiction is a real thing.

Research shows that once people begin to use devices consistently, they get a boost of dopamine (the “feel good” chemical produced in our brains), and that boost becomes addictive. We want more and more of it, and so we stay on our devices more and more. Every text message, every Facebook post, every video chat becomes a “fix.”

Why De-Toxify?

Much of our lives are wrapped in our devices. Very few people do not use devices at work, most of the day.

We use our phones to connect with family and friends and to set up social activities. We conduct research for a custom dissertation. We check out restaurant menus and order carry out; we shop and place orders for products and services online. There is just very little we do anymore that does not involve a digital device.

Unfortunately, we become so dependent on our devices, that we use them to excess, often shutting out face-to-face interactions with others and even our environment. Excess in anything is not good, whether it is alcohol, gambling, work, etc. We just don’t seem to be able to hit moderation, once our devices make everything so much easier.

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “moderation in all things,” and he was right. Unless we practice moderation, we sacrifice a balance of living that is healthy and fulfilling.

How to Do a Digital Detox

a guide to self-healing and loving yourself

Fall is a perfect season for digital detox. Why? Because it is cool enough to get outside and just consume nature. And consume that nature with friends and family.

Here are several ways to detox, at least to a great degree.

  • Plan a camping trip to a more rural area, perhaps a float trip. Even if you take your phone, service will be “iffy” at best, and you will be forced to interact with your fellow campers. Sit around a campfire at night and just talk or sing.
  • Plan physical shopping trips with friends. Go to small shopping centers in small towns and walk the streets, visiting the little shops and restaurants.
  • Get in the car, leave the devices at home, and drive to wooded areas where the leaves are changing.
  • Take long walks with friends or your dog.
  • Go to the library and check out some books. Set a time when digital devices will be turned off in the evening and just read.
  • Go apple picking or go to the zoo. These are great fall activities which still get you outside. Even interacting with animals and trees is a huge reliever of stress.

Benefits of a Digital Detox

No one can reasonably be expected to divorce themselves from the devices completely. And “withdrawal” can bring its own stress. But you can make a commitment to detoxing for a few days or for periods of time during each day, without severe symptoms.

Here are some important benefits.

  • You will renew your skills in interpersonal, face-to-face communication with others – a major element of friendships that last.
  • You will come to re-appreciate nature and the amazing beauty that seasonal changes give us
  • You will find that your stress levels are reduced as you do not feel compelled to check Facebook, your email, or your messages, minute-by-minute.
  • You’ll become more physically active. Taking walks, camping, visiting small local marketplaces, going to the zoo. All of these things involve physical movement on your part – and physical movement promotes overall health.

Set a Goal

This fall, set a goal to turn off the digital devices, at least part of the time. Take that time to engage in totally non-digital activities.

If necessary get an app to help you turn things off for periods of time that you can pre-determine. Your body, your mind, and your spirit will thank you for it.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle