Digital Wellness: The Ideal State

We need to know how to balance the way digital technologies are embedded in every aspect of our life and turn towards digital wellness where we:

  • Connect in meaningful ways with our loved ones and colleagues.
  • Find flow in our work, living in harmony with our digital and physical environment.
  • Enjoy great relationships both online and offline.
  • Use technology intentionally, not being addicted to it.
  • Learn how to manage your digital privacy.
  • Savour the pleasant experiences in the real world.
  • Have a sense of self-efficacy.

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How Technology Can Be Part of a Happy Life

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Many of us feel overwhelmed with technology and the pressures of remote work. This can be distraction, Zoom fatigue, burnout and other forms of digital sickness.

We need to be in the state of digital flourishing, assessing our digital wellness and taking action by using technology in the right doses.

This involves:

  1. Reflecting on how we use digital technology.
  2. Being aware of where our attention goes.
  3. Aligning our use of digital technologies with our motivations and values.

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  • Digital productivity requires us to find a work-life balance, enhance our focus and minimize any distractions.
  • Getting distracted from work due to a phone notification keeps us distracted for a few seconds, but eats up an average of 11 minutes to get our full attention back to work.

It helps to put phone notifications off, especially the sports updates.

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Our physical environment has to be organized and comfortable, free from chaos.

A decluttered workspace with clear boundaries between work and family, especially the working hours in which you can be contacted needs to be posted so that you can give your full attention to your personal life and relationships.

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Phubbing, or phone-snubbing is increasingly common, where we snub the person talking to us in person in favour of the incoming text message on our phone.

We should provide our complete attention to the person in front of us, and if someone phubs us, we can let them know right there.

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Most of the jealousy, envy and angst one feels is due to comparisons with others, especially if the relationships one experiences are fickle and shallow.

Unfollow unnecessary people and exit from groups that don’t add value or meaning to your life. Do not let digital, pseudo or virtual relationships erode your real, precious relationships.

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Continuous device usage (smartphones and laptops) has given rise to backaches, neck pain and bad posture.

You should not squint or hunch while using your devices and make sure that the screen is at horizontal eye level.

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Trackers, wearables and other devices with continuous data recording are getting a lot of attention.

We can now track our physical health metrics with the help of step counters, blood pressure or heart rate sensors, and harness the power of these health-focused digital devices using quantifiable data about ourselves.

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