Here’s how you can achieve balanced digital wellness for kids, teens, and adults.
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1. Take ‘device breaks’ and unplug
It’s sometimes difficult to control screen time, especially when people are still working from home and schools are still teaching classes on Zoom. When most of our work, entertainment, and social habits are formed around our screens, it’s good to commit to set times during the day for device breaks. This can mean dropping your devices during dinnertime, or setting the phone on ‘do not disturb’ mode for study time. It’s also a good idea to leave the devices out of the bedroom at night to truly get a peaceful night’s sleep. It’s a good one to do together as a family so it feels like a group effort.
2. Mindful breathing and physical exercise
Having the screen light up with notifications constantly can cause anxiety and stress to some. If you or your children are feeling fatigued and unhappy with what’s happening on your devices, set the technology aside and practice mindful breathing or physical exercise. This can help to clear the mind and reduce stress.
3. Talk about it
It’s important to have an open discussion with your child or teen about the impact technology can have on their mental and physical wellbeing. Children and teens don’t know a world without technology, so it’s often difficult for them to separate their online and offline existence. By talking about it, it brings awareness to their digital dependencies, and encourages them to bring up feelings and issues they may be facing.