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How to clear your head in an always-on digital world

- April 17, 2023 2 MIN READ
Dr Kristy Goodwin technology
Dr Kristy Goodwin
There is no doubt that technology has become an inseparable part of our lives.

From smartphones to laptops, it has revolutionised the way we communicate, work, and live – more so than ever since Covid-19. And whilst technology has brought and continues to bring many benefits, it has also led to some negative consequences too.

One of the most significant impacts of technology has been on our mental health and wellbeing, and here at Cuppa, it’s something that we’re incredibly passionate about understanding more deeply.

We believe that it is crucial to understand this impact to ensure we are using technology in a way that supports and aids our mental health, rather than harming it.

Technology reduces the frequency of face-to-face communication and with the rise of social media and texting, people are spending less time interacting in person.

Social isolation has been linked to a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

Moreover, social media platforms are designed to be addictive, and excessive use can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. We’re all guilty of an endless scroll from time to time, but it’s important to not let that dominate our lives.

How much more time would we get back in our day if we spent less time scrolling and more time in the present moment?

Studies have shown that excessive screen time can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, eye strain, headaches, and even a decrease in cognitive ability.

Moreover, the blue light emitted from screens can interfere with the body’s circadian rhythms, leading to insomnia, fatigue, and mood swings.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy relationship with the digital world:

  • Limit screen time: Set aside specific times of the day for using technology, and make sure to take breaks throughout the day.
  • Practice mindfulness: Pay attention to how you feel while using technology. If you notice feelings of anxiety, stress, or sadness, take a break.
  • Engage in face-to-face communication: Make time for in-person interactions with friends and family, and limit your use of social media and texting.
  • Take care of your body: Exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep to help reduce the negative impact of technology on your mental health.

By limiting screen time, practicing mindfulness, engaging in face-to-face communication, and taking care of our bodies, we can ensure that technology supports our mental health rather than harming it.

  • Dr Kristy Goodwin will provide brain-based strategies to help you thrive in the digital world without abstaining from social media or Netflix binges in a conversation with Luke “Cookie” Cook this Tuesday, April 18, at 8:30am (AEST). Details at cuppa.tv/programs/dr-kristy-goodwin
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