Meet Özgür Cengiz, GOCO’s recently appointed Corporate General Manager, a true wellness hospitality professional as well as athlete and fitness professional, who has always been committed to well-being as much as reformulating luxury. He is today a Global Wellness Day ambassador in the Maldives, a member of the Wellness Tourism Associates, as well as a judging committee member of the World Spa & Wellness Awards.

In celebration of World Digital Detox Day this December 10th, Özgür shares his insights about today’s fast-paced, digitally hyperconnected world, as the need for a digital detox has emerged as a crucial concept for maintaining a healthy balance between our online and offline worlds. Özgür says, “The prevalence of smartphones, social media, and an ever-expanding array of digital platforms introduces challenges to our mental and physical well-being. The constant barrage of notifications, the pressure to stay digitally engaged, and the compulsion to document every moment can contribute to stress, anxiety, and a sense of disconnection from the real world.”

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He further highlights its benefits and provides tips for a successful Digital Detox and successfully stepping away from smartphones, tablets, computers, and other digital gadgets to reclaim a sense of mindfulness, presence, and balance.

Benefits of Digital Detox:

  1. Mental Clarity and Focus: A digital detox allows the mind to reset and focus on the present moment, fostering mental clarity and improved concentration.
  2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Disconnecting from the constant stream of information and notifications provides relief from the stressors associated with digital overload.
  3. Enhanced Sleep Quality: Exposure to screens, especially before bedtime, can disrupt sleep patterns. Digital detox promotes better sleep hygiene and quality.
  4. Improved Relationships: Breaking free from the digital world allows for more meaningful face-to-face interactions, strengthening personal connections.
  5. Increased Productivity: A break from digital distractions often results in increased productivity and efficiency in both professional and personal pursuits.

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Tips for a Successful Digital Detox:

  1. Set Clear Boundaries: Establish specific times or days for a digital detox, making it a regular and intentional practice.
  2. Create Tech-Free Zones: Designate certain areas, such as the bedroom or dining table, as tech-free zones to foster a more mindful and connected environment.
  3. Explore Offline Hobbies: Rediscover the joy of offline activities like reading, hiking, or engaging in creative pursuits that don’t involve screens.
  4. Inform Contacts: Let friends, family, and colleagues know about your digital detox plans to manage expectations regarding your response times.
  5. Utilize Apps for Assistance: Ironically, there are apps designed to help you manage and limit your screen time. Consider using them as tools to support your digital detox goals.



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