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The need to connect in social groups has existed since humans first walked the earth. Most of us want to be liked and to form friendships, and psychologists agree that this kind affirmation is important for our mental health.
Being "always on" can be overwhelming for your brain and nervous system. These 7 tips will help you "digitally detox" without getting rid of technology altogether.
A busy and emotional week lay behind me and I urgently needed a break. Thus, I had decided to spend a whole Saturday doing nothing - in solitude. Nurturing myself. Taking care of the most important relationship that I have, the relationship with myself.
'We always have a choice about how we respond.'
When tragic events continue to dominate the news, it can cause us to feel overwhelmed, distressed or pessimistic about the
I often find that my clients underestimate, how much time they spend online, by approximately two hours per day. This is a lot of time. This is one extra month per year. Do you complain that you don't have time to do things that you'd like to? This is where your time goes.
And it's not just because you need to be 100% contactable all of the time, no, there's that intense need to look busy if you're killing a bit of time between meetings, or you're waiting for a friend, or heaven forbid you're sat on a train and there's nothing to look at.
I set up Wellbeing Escapes 11 years ago and it's been very interesting watching the emergence of wellness travel from truly embryonic beginnings to where it is today. My team and I have the privileged position of speaking to our clients on a daily basis which allows us to understand their needs but also the challenges that they are facing in their lives.
I don't know about you but I find it hard to wind down in the evenings. Sometimes my girlfriend and I sit there and 'watch' a tv show, but we'll both be scrolling through nonsense on phones or the iPad, so we never really properly switch off. It's the electronic distraction of modern life that's thrust me back into the arms of a relationship I'd ended in the early 90s - board gaming.
At the end of 2016 something inside me snapped. I got sick of not being able to have a proper conversation with people because their eyes kept tracking down to note incessant updates from their phone -- almost as if their little plastic PA was jealous of not getting their undivided attention.
Is it time to log out?
Social media sites designed to help people connect are actually causing them to feel more alone, say psychologists. The more
Stress and overload isn't a new phenomenon. In fact, the term "stress" and its application to the human condition was researched by Hans Selye in 1936. However, stress and anxiety brought on by the digital age is very much a modern problem, which is set to escalate if left unmanaged.
Completing this one important thing in the morning gave me an incredible energy boost to do other things, and a deep satisfaction by myself even before lunch. On the other hand, if I tried tackling small things like sorting out emails first "for the peace of mind", I ended up frustrated and not really having enough concentration to do the big thing afterwards.
'I didn’t want to shy away from the less joyful aspects of the journey.'
A mother who wanted to replicate her technology-free childhood for her four children has documented their unusual upbringing
During the Christmas season, I was busy throwing myself in to drinking and eating to excess like the rest of the nation when I had a this nagging feeling of self-disapproval (and it was nothing to do with the fact I'd just eaten a whole Terry's Chocolate Orange in secret whilst steaming my clothes for work the next day).
When it comes to social media many of us are, for want of a better word, addicted. The average person has roughly five social
'If someone needs me, they can just call me.'