It’s ingrained into our Singaporean DNA to scramble for things to do every long weekend. If it’s not somewhere for a stiff drink, somewhere to spend your money, it’s somewhere to escape. What about daily life is making it so attractive to flee from it? It roots from stress from work, banality of social life, or just personal dissatisfaction. And yet we consistently continue to connect with it online.
You’ve read the articles, you’ve heard the reports. Phones are bad, you get it. It’s easy to dismiss the stats without realising that you are part of it. Or perhaps you’re just accepted it as a product of our generation. An acknowledged way of life, as long as it doesn’t adversely affect your health. We hate to break it to you, but excessive screen time truly does something to our anxiety, depression and self-esteem levels. It may not be an addiction, but it’s no longer just a millennial shtick.
There are plenty of benefits to signing yourself up for a digital detox. Once you’ve overcome the FOMO, you will come to realise your creativity, analytical skills and productivity will be boosted. Not just improvement of mental and physical health, but attention span as well. Science says so. Now, put aside telling the world what you’re going to do this holiday, and actually live it. Here are five places to cleanse your system. And if you feel like you might just die without your phone, relax, like the Messiah himself, you’d be fine after three days.
White Knot Farm Stay Resort, Thailand
Think of it like a camp. Hosted by Digital Detox Asia at Khao Yai National Park, the retreat (pictured above) will temporarily pry your phones from your fingers in exchange for physical exercise, engaging creative activities and healthy, locally-sourced food.
Nomads Land, Cambodia
The resort is not just digitally detoxing, it is dedicatedly eco-friendly with 100% solar energy and stored rainwater. Surrender to nature’s serenity or avail yourself to island activities– snorkelling, kayaking, and the unconventional speargun workshop.
Mandala Spa and Resort, Philippines
With no TV or Wi-Fi, the Digital Detox Villa is your unplug and recharge nestled on a hilltop in Boracay. Surrounded by 2.5 hectares of lush foliage, the award-winning resort offers all other amenities of a spa destination.
Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand
To uphold the strict “no mobile phones outside guest room” rule, Chiva-Som encompasses an array of health and wellness treatments and therapy to help you forget the absence of from social media.
Canggu Villa, Indonesia
Maybe you’re not the one who needs time away from the phone, your significant other does. Alternatively, if you’re the one who needs time away from her, ship her off to the Be Kind retreat and watch her come back healthier and happier.