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Technology/ Wellness

My Phone is My Best Friend

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I have a very on-again/off-again, love-hate relationship with my smartphone.

As a marketing professional that spends 6+ hours a day on social media, I can’t exactly ditch the device and still pay my bills.

As an avid outdoorswoman (yes, that is a word) that really, really enjoys breaks from the 9-to-5 screentime, I pretty much continually fantasize about throwing my always-there mobile device off the peak of a Colorado 14er, watching as it shatters into a thousand inoperable pieces on the rocks below.

I’ve done digital detoxes (LOVE!!!), commit to frequent screen breaks, and stick to a pretty rigid schedule of when I’m staring into that little Wi-Fi powered box and when I’m not. Overall, I’d say I have a pretty healthy relationship with technology, especially since my job depends on spending a LOT of time online. It takes commitment, and structure, but (most of the time) it works.

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5 Tips for Your First Digital Detox

As you may remember from last month, I’d shared my mobile device dependence experience in Unplugging: My First Digital Detox post.

Over the course of three days, I’d gone tech-free (including my phone) and journaled the concerns and emotions ditching my devices brought up.

​It wasn’t easy, but it was much needed.

I was so pleased with the health benefits going three days without devices provided that I’ve made this whole “digital detox thing” a regular event.

It’s been a wonderful way to reconnect with the non-tech world, along with myself, recharge and refocus in a way that leaves me towards optimal experiences with my community, family, and work. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Technology/ Wellness

Unplugging: My First Digital Detox

Confession: I’m a pretty tech-obsessed millennial.

Over the past few years, the digital world has emerged into a portal for me to realize exciting opportunities, expand my network, and connect with inspiring individuals around the globe.

Maintaining a fairly consistent presence on a variety of social apps, e-mail, and my blog has evolved as one of my favorite expressions; however, digital saturation can have its drawbacks – like when I start to think “in tweets” or am unable to sleep due to an obsessive tendency to monitor a well-performing Instagram post.

Left unchecked, the technological advances that make our lives easier can become major hindrances to our well-being.

​Recent surveys show I’m not the only tech-dependent professional: a 2015 Deloitte survey revealed that the average American checks their phone 46 times a day. Continue Reading…

Technology/ Wellness

OCD: How Social Media Can Bring Us Down

social media mental health

I do it. 

You do it.

We all do it.

Obsessive Comparison Disorder, a non-scientific term coined by millennial author Paul Angone back in 2012, describes our compulsion to constantly compare ourselves with others, producing unwanted thoughts and feelings that drive us to depression, consumption, anxiety, and all-around joyous discontent.

Comparing oneself to others isn’t anything new, but it’s a helluva a lot easier to do now (thanks to social media) than ever before.

You know the drill:

Rolling along, having a pretty good day, when – BAM! – your old college pal’s recent home upgrade or trip to Jamaica or baby announcement shows up in your Facebook feed.

Darn it. 

You know you should be happy for them – and maybe you are – but you also feel pretty shitty because your life doesn’t feel as “awesome” as theirs (looks) right now. Continue Reading…