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By: DemandLab on May 25th, 2023

How Can You Digitally Disconnect? Our Team Shares Their Tips

Many of us spend so much of our lives online. And at DemandLab, we spend even more as a fully remote workplace.

However, we all need to refresh and disconnect sometimes; our collective mental health depends on it. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked our team about their tips and tricks for disconnecting.

Here’s what some of us had to say:

“I got a puppy! All manner of walks, runs, hikes, and playing fetch.”
–Chen Bian, Manager, Client Services

“We have a relatively huge garden, and I love it. When I want to disconnect, there is no better place.”
—Imre Magyar, Martech Expert

“I put my phone on ‘sleep’ mode at night and don’t turn it back on until it’s time to go to work in the morning. Clearly delineating that time for myself allows much-needed physical and mental rest before vaulting back into the workday.”
—Carin Moonin, Senior Content Writer

“When I like to relax and not think about work, I exercise and meet with my friends where there is no Internet connection (e.g., twice a year, we go fishing for a long weekend). Sometimes I play computer games: FPS games are my favorite.”
—Gábor Pécsek, Martech Expert

“I focus on non-work related activities, including cycling, playing on four sports teams (kickball, two flag football, and touch rugby) and the gym. I find that such activities improve my physical and mental health, primarily because I’m with other people. My best advice is to give yourself a reason to get offline. Unless a task is immediately due, whatever needs to be done can wait until the following morning.”
—Christian Roberts, Business Solutions Consultant

“Scheduling—and keeping up with the schedule. I think great project management at work helps you avoid some of those last-minute emergencies with things piling up before deadlines. This approach also applies to personal appointments and just personal life in general. I love planning my week ahead, and having somewhere to go after work helps me disconnect and take the time to recharge before the next day.”
—Renáta Sebők, Project Lead

“I have a dog, and thanks to him, I spend a lot of time outside. This helps me clear my mind and gives me physical activity.”
—Orsolya Szendrei, Marketing Automation Specialist

“I try to take lunch breaks or breaks in general outside when I can. I’ll pet my animals or chat with a friend to get my mind off of work and ‘reset’ my brain for the rest of the day. Also, I have a desk that can move between sitting and standing. I always try to stand during meetings to feel more energized and productive. Lastly, when my day ends I try to round out the remainder of my day offline. I’ve reduced screen time in the evenings by reading or spending time with my daughter and pets. It’s helped me to feel refreshed the next day when hopping back on to work.”
–Bethany Taylor, Senior Martech Automation Expert

“I have a super high-energy dog, so I get out and hike for an hour or two a day. My favorite way to disconnect is playing basketball, that’s something I’ll do in the evenings because it makes sure my hands are busy and away from my phone.”
—Emma Wahdani, Martech Client Success Strategist

“During the workday, if I need to recharge, I choose the outdoors as my first option for resetting. It could be as simple as going for a walk to get our mail or as long as a 3-5K run. It is essential to build these breaks into the day.”
—Jody Waddle, Manager, Human Resources

“I really enjoy working outside when the weather allows. Working remotely gives us the flexibility to work in a physical space that will be the most productive and creative. After being inside all winter, it’s really refreshing to be able to get outside and work from the patio for a few hours and enjoy the fresh air. And when I really need to disconnect, I spend time with my loved ones and my dog. I really strive to be present and in the moment, so I try to minimize using devices when I’m enjoying time with them. What works best for me is to leave my devices in another room, so I’m not even tempted!”
—Kimberly Yanni, Manager, Project Services



Mental health is an issue that affects everyone worldwide, every day. And Mental Health Awareness Month brings attention to a critical aspect of our overall well-being: By dedicating the whole month to mental health, we can foster conversations, further education, and fight stigma. Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month and how to help.