How to create space in your Life - Digital Space: Part 3

​Digital Space - social media or streaming tv, and gaming

We know that technology, for all its good and evil, is here to stay. We also know that staring at a screen all day and night can't be good for us. Technology ensures that we are connected now more than ever and that demand can create additional stress for being "on" or "available" all the time. Being connected to people via Facebook, Instagram, or some other medium can mean that we often forsake the actual relationship building (i.e. talking, taking cues, and body language) required to have the meaningful connection we crave as humans.

We couldn't see this more than ever after the last 12 to 18 months, with people coming out of lockdowns wanting and being more social than ever. We are human beings, and as such, we need contact with other human beings.

However; who hasn't fallen down the Facebook wormhole looking for something in particular, only to realise not only did you forget what you were searching for, but sixty minutes has lapsed!

With that in mind, and knowing how technology is taking over at an alarming rate, what do we need to do to create space in our life to build on our creativity, desires, wants, and needs? Our journal prompt here is "How is my digital space looking like right now? What comments do I get from family and friends about my usage? What sort of improvements could I make to how I use digital technology in my life". Writing it out and reading it back to ourselves can sometimes be confronting. With minor changes, we can make a massive difference to our health and wellbeing.

Here are the three top tips to start you off

  • Don't sleep with your phone in your room. The idea behind this is if it's out of your room, you won't be tempted to look at it during the night or first thing in the morning. The longer we are away from social media the less we will use it in the day. Plus, it takes effort to get your phone, so you are more likely to get on with your daily rituals before looking at your phone, creating space.
  • Turn your phone off at least 1-2 hours before bed. Turning it off early means your brain relaxes and can -unwind from a busy day. Read a book or make love to your man instead for excellent night sleep.
  • Use technology for good. For example, set alarms to help get you into a better routine for sleep or book time for daily movement. Either way, make digital use purposeful and not a way to kill time or zone out. 

Rebecca Jenkins is the founder of Where the Wild Women Are. She has a background in psychology and human resources, and enjoys writing about topics from gardening to feminism.

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