In an age where everything is set on digits and technology, it is easy to get drained by our devices and let our batteries die. It is important to regularly take stock of how our digital wellness is doing, as our physical and mental wellness are interwoven with time spent on devices and social media. Read on to learn more about philosophies used when describing limiting technology and tips on doing so.
A person may hear some of the below buzz phrases. These are great ways to search for communities, support, and ideas on how to limit tech use and screen time.
- Digital Minimalism – is defined as “a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of activities that strongly support the things that you value, and then happily miss out on everything else”.
- Digital Decluttering – much like a gardener regularly checks on and weeds their garden space, take the time to regularly stop and reflect on how your technology use contributes to your overall well-being and helps you to enjoy and find meaning in your social media use.
- Digital Detoxing – regular, intentional unplugging to reap the benefits of technology while minimizing its harms.
Also, make sure to be intentional about:
- Setting limits on screen time. Anyone can track screen time through the settings of many devices or by using an app designed for that purpose.
- Staying grounded and connected. Take time to disconnect from devices and connect with others “in real life”.
- Showing your best self. Before posting on social media, consider whether the content is hurtful or appropriate for yourself or others.
- Avoiding Zoom fatigue. Take “camera off” breaks and stand up whenever possible. Give permission to say no to an upcoming virtual meeting.