Take a break from the tech.
If you've noticed a drop in your attention span, you're unable to sleep well and you're struggling to get jobs done at home and work, then you might be experiencing a digital overload.
Ofcom's recent annual Communications Market Report found that on average, UK adults spend 25 hours per week online. Fifty-nine per cent claim they are "hooked" on the devices they use and more than a third of UK internet users are planning a "digital detox" away from the web.
So, if you'd like to find some inner peace, retreat to the countryside for a top-notch break and swap your smart device for some face-to-face communication, then we're the perfect place to stay.
Although we have excellent free wifi here for all our guests, for those wishing to get away from the stresses and strains of modern virtual living, we can also offer a bolthole.
Our location means we can recommend activities that don't require the use of smart devices such as country walks on the Quantocks, reading, using our popular and free paperback book swap, and even staring into the embers in our wood burning stove on cooler evenings.
You could also do some colouring while lounging on the sofas in our bar area and just relax, living for the moment.
For anyone keen to have a digital detox with us, we recommend the following too:
- If you're coming for the weekend turn off your phone when you arrive. If you're worried about people being able to contact you in an emergency, pop an out of office message on your emails and give anyone important our number for any urgent messages. Remember before mobiles this is what we all did and it was fine.
- Remove the temptation - pop your phone somewhere where you can't see it, so you don't have the urge to switch it on and check your social media accounts.
- Get yourself a traditional alarm clock, so that if you do need to be woken up in the morning, you don't need to use your phone and have it by your bed. Also go back to using a watch to tell the time.
- If you're going to need some time to wean yourself off technology, take control of it by turning off any alerts and looking at any messages at specific times of the day rather than reacting immediately. Also have a rest from your devices in the evenings. Turn them off at least three hours before bedtime to allow your body to relax, adjust and to release melatonin, which encourages sleep. It has been shown that the light from screens interferes with the body's ability to decide whether it is day or night.