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What is Digital Wellbeing?

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In today's digital age, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. From smartphones to laptops, digital devices are everywhere, and we use them for almost everything, from work to entertainment, and even socializing. While technology has undoubtedly made our lives easier, it can also have negative effects on our mental health and wellbeing, especially when we use it excessively.

As licensed mental health therapists, we have seen the impact that excessive use of digital devices can have on people's mental health. This is where digital wellbeing comes in. Digital wellbeing refers to being mindful of how we use technology and taking steps to use it in a way that promotes our overall wellbeing.

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The Importance of Digital Wellbeing

Digital wellbeing is essential in today's world because excessive use of digital devices can lead to a variety of mental health issues. Studies have linked excessive screen time with depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and other mental health issues. These issues can be particularly concerning for children, whose brains are still developing and are more susceptible to the negative effects of excessive screen time.

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Furthermore, excessive use of technology can affect our ability to focus, process information, and remember things. In other words, it can impact our cognitive abilities.

Tips for Promoting Digital Wellbeing

Here are some tips for promoting digital wellbeing in your life:

  1. Set limits on screen time: Setting limits on screen time is one of the most effective ways to promote digital wellbeing. Make a schedule for yourself, your family, or your children that includes designated times for technology use.
  2. Take breaks from technology: Taking breaks from technology can help you recharge and refocus. Take a walk outside, read a book, or engage in another activity that doesn't involve technology.
  3. Be mindful of what you consume online: Be intentional about what you consume online. Choose positive and uplifting content that makes you feel good.
  4. Model healthy digital habits for your children: As parents, it's essential to model healthy digital habits for our children. Show them how to use technology in a way that promotes their wellbeing.
  5. Have conversations about digital wellbeing: Talk to your children about digital wellbeing and why it's essential. Encourage them to be mindful of their digital habits and to take breaks when needed.

In conclusion, digital wellbeing is an essential aspect of our overall wellbeing, and it's something that we should all strive to promote in our lives. By being mindful of our digital habits and taking steps to use technology in a way that promotes our wellbeing, we can create a healthier relationship with technology and improve our mental health and cognitive abilities.

As mental health professionals, we encourage everyone to prioritize their digital wellbeing and make it a part of their daily routine. Let's work together to create a healthier and happier relationship with technology.

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About the Author

Randi Owsley

Randi Owsley, LMSW is a Licensed Master of Social Worker and clinical psychotherapist and co-host of the podcast Unapologetically Randi and Jess. She has her Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California. She specializes in Women's Mental Health Issues, Trauma, Grief and Personality Disorders. You can find more information about her at randiowsley.com and heyrandi.com

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