Hey there, welcome to our ‘quick wins’ blog series! We wanted to share some quick tips that you can apply right away on a broad range of topics. If you’re looking to be more productive, improve your influencing skills, or be more inclusive in your relationships, these tips are designed to be practical and easy to implement.
3 healthy digital habits
Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, impacting everything from work to socialising, entertainment to education. I love tech and it brings so many benefits to my life. However, we know it’s not all positive, tech has its downsides, such as digital burnout, information overload, and addiction.
So what is digital well-being? It’s about maintaining a healthy relationship with technology by using it in a way that promotes our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It’s about striving to make technology work for us, rather than letting it control us.
So I thought I’d share 3 simple lifestyle changes I’ve made that have had a massive impact on my life.
Don’t charge tech near your bed
For me, this one was a game changer! I used to check my phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night, I would often wake up in the middle of the night and check if I had new messages or a new Tinder match! Having the temptation right there, next to me, was a big problem. So I set up a charging station for all my devices in the living room and removed the temptations. I’ve since created the habit of not using my phone for 30 minutes before bed and when I first wake up in the morning.
Set time limits on certain apps
Nowadays, I don’t use social media as much as I used to. However, I remember that feeling of dread and even disgust, after realising I’d been scrolling on Instagram for 30-40 minutes! Now Reddit is my kryptonite. So, what I’ve done is set a time limit of 10 minutes a day. This way, even if I lose myself in mindless scrolling I’m forced to stop after a certain amount of time or at least get a reminder so I can make a more conscious choice.
Have a regular digital detox
Consciously spending hours or days without technology has completely transformed the way I interact with technology and it has reminded me of all the incredible things we can do and enjoy without it. Start by doing an hour a day, then try a morning, afternoon or evening and maybe a whole day from time to time. Once you feel the benefits this gets quite addictive and a healthy addiction too!
At HappyMind, we’ve compiled a fantastic Digital Well-Being Collection of practical ideas to help you create more healthy digital habits. They are easily digestible and they look pretty awesome too 😏
Experiment with these strategies and find what works best for you. Remember, technology should work for us, not the other way around. Thanks for reading, now go take a screen break!
A change in bad habits leads to a change in life – Jenny Craig