- Anxiety, loss of sleep, insomnia
- Irritability, headaches, loss of sleep
- Unfocussed, lack of productivity, distracted
Technology is everywhere, 95% of the population owns a smartphone. We use them to stay connected to loved ones, check the weather, surf the web, add calendar and agenda items, check email, pay bills, watch videos, listen to music.... the list is literally endless. But what is it doing to our brains? What is it doing to our bodies?
- Causes perpetual distraction
- Destroys work/life balance
- FOMO or "Fear of Missing Out"
- Social Comparison
What can you do to detox from technology?
It is proven that smartphone and multimedia usage is directly related to anxiety and poor cognitive function. So, what can we do to avoid digital-related stress?
The first thing is to take an audit of your techno time. There are apps that will report your daily or weekly screen time on your smartphone. Or you can keep a log for an entire week and see where your time is spent connected or disconnected.
- Techno Audit - determine your usage patterns
- Set Boundaries - create rules for turning gadgets off. No phones at the dinner table or when talking with family and friends.
- Set Email Limits - with emails in your pocket, it is hard to ignore. But determine what time you will check your last email for the day and reply, then resist the urge to check again until morning.
- Get Outside - it is scientifically proven that fresh air, a brisk walk or exercise can help reduce stress and therefore, anxiety-based toxins in the body.
- Relax - Use the healing powers of essential oils, try a diffuser while working to reduce anxiety or headaches. Diffusing Night Time blend for end of day unwinding will help induce sleep, as will using our Roll-On blend on the temples and bottoms of the feet.