We all know that technology is amazing and greatly contributes to the improvement of many aspects of our lives: from how we commute and communicate to how we work, travel and relax. However, even the most innovative and ground-breaking things are bad in excess. So much so that prolonged smartphone use or spending too much time on social media can lead to anxiety and depression. Still, trying to develop a well-balanced relationship with technology can be tough when you’re working from home and spending much of your day on video calls collaborating with colleagues or catching up with family and friends.
This is why digital wellness is extremely important. In a nutshell, digital wellness is all about putting preventative measures in place to promote the healthy use of technology.
Last year, Google shared a few tips and tricks to promote healthy technology consumption habits among remote workers. Here’s a look at their advice.
Be more mindful about your screen time
When it comes to screen time, setting boundaries is essential. As such, Google advises you to:
- Prioritise: Try to avoid checking every notification that pops up on your screen. One way to minimise distractions is to set your phone to Do Not Disturb or mute certain notifications.
- Don’t binge: We’ve all spent more time than we intended watching YouTube videos. But did you know that you can set a reminder on the YouTube mobile app that will alert you when you’ve been on the app for a while and will remind you to take a break? Taking this a step further, you can also change the settings on the YouTube app so that you only receive one push notification per day.
Create a healthy work-life balance for you and your family
If you want to better manage your relationship with tech:
- Set a tech use bedtime: Try to avoid using technology after a specific time each night. As an alternative, you could read a book, journal or do some light stretching to ease you into sleep mode. Some apps will even allow you to remotely lock your child’s devices when it’s time to go to bed.
- Keep an eye on your kids: There is a wide range of apps available that can help parents set digital ground rules for their kids. When setting boundaries, get your kids involved by asking them how much time they think they should spend on their devices. In doing so, you’re putting a level of responsibility in their hands.
- Prioritise relationships: Instead of spending evenings and weekends on your devices, try to prioritise other activities like game nights or outdoor activities. It’s also a good idea to schedule tech-free dinners.
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