Now I love my tech, and I don’t think I would be without my IPhone. I check out all the latest apps and cant’s wait to try out new things. Undoubtable technology has made massive advances in our lives. Who would have thought even 10 years ago I could track and share my latest bike ride with all my buddies and compare times in real time, or navigate to a destination straight from my contacts or appointment in my diary. When it comes to personal wellbeing our phones offer us hundreds of apps that help us get and stay healthy, from fitness, to nutrition to mindfulness and sleep management. I’ve downloaded many. The next big trend is apps that monitor and give feedback on our physiology. HeartMath is a good example, this with the addition of plug in cable that you wear, monitors your heart rate and helps you get your heart rhythm in check for deep relaxation, I have not used it personally but the makers claim great results. Developers are producing apps that will replace complex medical equipment that previously cost thousands of Pounds. This is good news if used correctly, although we need to be careful we don’t all allow our phones to replace our doctors.

On the flip side of all this, our phones have blurred the lines between work and home and left us feeling constantly switched on with no respite. But remember it is our phone, not anyone else’s and it is us that allow it to blur these lines. We need set our own rules about what works for us.  Here are a few ground rules to help us have happy balance with our phones;

 

  1. Stop using your phone at least 2 hours before bed, the blue light it emits gets your brain racing. Reading a real book or journaling is much better way to ensure a good night’s sleep
  2. Always keep the phone out the bedroom. “But it’s my alarm” is the common excuse I here. What were those alarm clock things we used to see?
  3. Tell your business colleagues what your personal rules are about when you will response to messages. If you respond at 10.30 to your boss, he or she may thing that’s the norm.
  4. Take a social media holiday. I took 2 weeks off facebook a while ago, and now I am much more light touch in checking statuses.
  5. Try turning off the router at home around 7-8pm or having a daily quota for use of devices. See if the family can all maybe talk to each other. This is one we are grappling with right now a family!