“When we overuse technology to support us in creating relaxation, it directly affects our mental, physical and emotional well-being.”
Thanks for having me! I’m excited to be sharing how technology is related to wellness and what we can do to create healthier lives in the world we live in today. I first became interested in wellness when I was working in a stressful, corporate career 20 years ago. Back then, technology was just starting to ramp up with the introduction of laptops and later smart phones. I became burned out from around the clock hours that only seemed to be increasing with more technology. I wanted to find a career that would allow me to pursue my passion for holistic health and wellness, help and inspire others and enjoy what I did everyday with less stress. Today I wake up to work I love teaching Wellness Coaches across the globe how to pursue their passion of helping others to live a healthy life.
While I wanted to escape the pressures of corporate life, I’ve found that technology will follow you wherever you go! The good news is, you can work with technology to support you rather than deplete you. Today I own an online education company and international association and everything we do runs on technology. So things have come full circle in that respect.
Right now the IAWP continues to be focused on our mission of changing the health of people everywhere by training Wellness Coaches to inspire others to live a healthy life. Our Fall Enrollment for our Wellness Coach Certification is underway and it’s an exciting time as students across the globe are joining us and beginning Wellness Coach career journey.
Before technology was ingrained in our personal life, watching some television in the evening was a way to unwind. But today because we are constantly using technology throughout the day, we need to find new ways to unwind and create balance. Watching television for example is not an appropriate mental break from your smart phone. When we overuse technology to support us in creating relaxation, it directly affects our mental, physical and emotional well-being. We spend less time moving our bodies and more time moving our thumbs. We spend less time being present and developing mindfulness and more time scrolling our news feed. The mind and brain get used to the numbing affects of technology instead of developing healthier ways of relaxation that can include talking with a friend, sharing your day with a loved one, keeping a journal to release your thoughts, or simply breathing and just being aware of the moment and your surroundings.
Whether it’s a spam call or any other call, you don’t need to immediately respond to every ring or ping. Allow calls to go to voicemail so you can filter your calls. You can also use the feature that blocks callers when you continue to receive repeated calls for unknown numbers.
One of the biggest mistakes parents are making right now is allowing their children 24–7 access to their phones. A simple step parents can make and younger adults can choose to make on their own is to remove their smartphone from their bedroom at night and create a shut-off time. In this way, young people can use their phone responsibly and also take a needed break from social interaction, messaging and being online.
The effect that checking your smartphone first has on your day is that you are not consciously choosing how you want to start your day, you are starting your day from someone else’s agenda for you. Other people’s questions, concerns, and posts are directing how you will begin your day. Choosing how you want to begin your day, doing those things first and then checking your smartphone is well, a smart way to do things to create a more fulfilling day.
“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” — Billy Cox
Whether it’s making a change to use less technology or trying another healthy habit or starting a new career that is in alignment with your passion and values — they all require getting out of our comfort zones to try something new and ultimate create more fulfillment.
I’m so grateful that I am a part of a wellness movement that is teaching and inspiring others to create healthier, better lives. While I’m the founder of the IAWP, our wellness movement is not something I have done alone. Each of our students and graduates is leading this important movement, whether in their own communities, families, school and workplaces.
Originally published at medium.com