I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When building a profitable practice, balance is key. The modern world is always on. It’s hard to find peace from phones that never stopped ringing to email inboxes that are flooded with messages. You’re overwhelmed, you’re tired, and you’re trying to keep up. Fortunately, there’s a better way to find balance in your life. Try these strategies to coexist with technology and still have inner peace:
1. Focus on creating a healthy relationship with technology. Between work, family, and friends, you may be online frequently. Your job may require you to use email, or your kids may text you for updates. How do you find a balance amid the technology? Craft a relationship that is based on intent. Mindless surfing online can waste your time, so ensure you have a definite purpose when you’re using technology. All of your online actions need a reason.
2. Live with technology instead of for it. Technology and being connected doesn’t have to absorb your entire life. Keep in mind that technology is a tool. Avoid making it the focus of your life or your day.
3. Disconnect on a frequent basis. It’s crucial to take breaks from always being connected to everyone through your phone, email, or social media. Take a tech break each week. Experts recommend setting aside the weekends for spending time with family and friends. Avoid surfing online, sending text messages, or uploading photos. Instead, interact with real people in the real world. It’s important to warn your connections ahead of time, so you don’t cause concern when you suddenly disappear. They’ll get used to you taking weekends and vacations away from technology.
4. Manage your connections. Do you really need to keep up with every person from your old school days? How many times do you need to check your social media accounts for new messages? It’s important to find a balance between keeping up to date with your connections and always being available. Of course, you want to stay in touch, but it doesn’t have to be an hourly issue. Try limiting the number of connections in your life to those that are important to you. Although it may hurt some feelings, consider unfollowing some people on social media so that you don’t have to be a part of their drama anymore. Do what you can to maintain a stress-free social circle.
5. Partake in activities that reduce stress. A hyperconnected world can make you feel on edge, increasing stress and anxiety. It can also make you feel that you always have to be available to do everything. Schedule some time alone each day. The solitude will give you a chance to reflect, plan, destress, and re-energize. Try yoga or meditation or journaling or keeping a diary. Pursue activities that make you feel peaceful and calm. Whether you hike in the park or dance in your living room, relax and disconnect from the world for a moment.
The biggest benefit of disconnecting from technology is stress reduction. Whether you’re scrolling social media, checking emails and texts, planning your next vacation, or even just working, the digital activity stresses your brain, your eyes, spine, and even your spirit. The five strategies above will help you better balance your usage of technology, and, in turn, decrease anxiety, improve your relationships, sleep better, and become more productive when is it time to power up the machines again.
You can discover inner balance, despite living in a hyperconnected world. Make these strategies daily habits and enjoy greater peace.
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