We spend nearly half of every day, not actually IN the moment, but lost in our thoughts, memories, daydreams, or rumination about the past or future.
When we do this, it activates our default network, a group of areas within our brain that function much like a computer’s screensaver. The default network makes us appear to be “here,” when in actuality we’re really not, instead lost in a memory from 2014 or tonight’s dinner plans.
In some ways this “screensaver mode” is super cool. It allows humans to metaphorically time travel and provides us with loads of instant entertainment. …
Stop. Check in with your body right now…
If so, you’re currently experiencing screen apnea — the unconscious breath holding or shallow breathing that occurs when people are using screens.
You probably do it more than you are aware.
It’s not uncommon to unconsciously hold your breath every time you encounter new, exciting, or scary things — like when you’re on top of the hill on a roller coaster…
Phubbing may be a silly word, but it’s a very real problem many of us have experienced.
In basic terms, phubbing is when someone ignores the live human(s) in front of them to instead pay attention to their phone (or other mobile device).
Phubbing can happen intermittently, (like when someone periodically checks their messages during a face-to-face conversation) or in longer stretches, (like when someone scrolls their phone continuously while you’re talking, or even abandons an in-person exchange to go look at something on-line.)
It’s a new year — a time when we traditionally focus on health and wellness, tackling projects to clean, organize, and improve ourselves and our spaces.
These projects often revolve around our physical and physiological “homes,” but rarely extend to our virtual ones. That’s a shame. As a result of the pandemic, many of us are living online more than ever before.
Whether we know it or not, accumulating garbage in our online “homes” is harmful, both literally, (bogging down our devices’ processing power and eating up memory storage) and metaphorically, (causing us to feel overwhelmed, burnt-out, and frustrated.)
I’ve alway had pretty bad timing in my life. This eCourse was certainly no exception.
Doing a deep dive into digital wellness in the midst of a global pandemic, which forced most of us to vastly increase our use of digital technology, was likely the wrong content at the wrong time.
In spite of this, I’m still proud to have delivered 20 weeks worth of work I believe in.
Of course the question we’re all facing now is, “What’s next?”
While I’m no closer to that answer than anyone else, I did want to share four pieces of advice that…
When I initially planned this course, I intended to devote a week to talking about digital wellness issues that affect our family and friends.
Little did I know back in January that our world would soon be engulfed in a pandemic that forced many of us to isolate in our homes, relying primarily on digital tools for work, play, school…. really everything our lives.
As a result, in the past few months nearly everyone’s digital habits have become more pronounced, more entrenched, and, (in some cases) more disruptive or even damaging.
If someone you love is struggling with these habits…
This eCourse was designed for people whose digital habits have driven their lives out of balance.
But what if your life isn’t merely out of balance, but in danger of capsizing entirely?
If that’s the situation you’re in, it may be because a more serious problem, such as a mental health condition and/or digital addiction, is also in the mix, (and may have become even more pronounced in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.)
We’re going to explore both problems this week as they pose special challenges on the path to digital wellness. …
Most of us live noisy lives, filled with distractions.
Both online and off, there’s always a commitment needing to be honored, a task requiring completion, or an entity demanding our attention.
For some, being housebound during the Covid-19 pandemic, relying on digital tools more than ever before, has only made that noise even louder.
However, it IS still possible to carve out moments of peace and quiet for yourself.
The first step is to reduce the amount of noise that fills your days.
Changing old habits, (and starting new ones) can be a difficult task.
… and the cycle continues.
It can be hard to make this stop — especially when it comes to our digital habits, which often occur on…
Many of us are currently living inside a bubble, designed to keep us safe.
Our digital lives however, are likely a different story.
As the boundaries of our real world have become smaller, most of us have opened up our digital ones so they’re practically teeming with new tools, information, connections, and resources.
For the most part, that’s necessary, healthy, and productive.
However, it’s also true that too much of ANYTHING can be a bad for you. Flooding your digital bubble with new apps can be just as problematic as flooding your home with new people.
For optimal wellness, it’s…