This month the Public Ministry Department is hosting conversations and resources to understand your Digital Well-Being better. The questions presented in the next few weeks will focus on bringing awareness to the effects of our phones, internet, tablets, and computers within our personal and church lives. The ultimate question we seek to find out is: How can we use the digital technology that is ever present in our lives [all ages] in a new way to do what God calls us to do in the community?
Take the Digital Wellbeing Questionnaire CLICK HERE
Digital Wellbeing Questionnaire for Children/Youth CLICK HERE
Join us each week as we ask the questions that will lead us together as a community into Digital Well-being.
- January 7-8 Community Poster Question: Digital Technologies (DTs) give me useful and interesting opportunities for work, church and friendships? [Rate 1-10]
- Wednesday 11 – Digital Wellbeing Trivia (at Dinner)
- January 14-15, Community Poster Question: I find it hard to disconnect from checking my digital devices. [Rate 1-10]
- Wednesday 18 –Digital Wellbeing Kahoots (at Dinner) Wellbeing
- January 21-22, Community Poster Question: When you think about your own relationship, as it were, with digital technologies, are they positive or negative?
- Wednesday 24 – Digital Wellbeing Gratitude Day
- February 4 – Digital Wellbeing Awareness Results
10 Ways to Improve Your Digital Health
1. Managing Screen Time
When we find ways to manage screen time, they help all of us discover other healthy ways to find meaning in life. Creating a balance between interacting with technology and developing real-life relationships with humans. What is one way you can balance your screen time?
2. Promote Physical Activity
There is mounting evidence that long hours in front of screens are linked to inactivity and health problems in modern society. Discover how spending time in nature may boost your mood and motivate you to get moving as a family.
3. Monitor Mental Wellness
Increases in despair, anxiety, and suicide have been linked to people spending more time on social media and other digital platforms. Adults who know how to recognize the signs of mental illness and how to respond to individuals/children who have experienced trauma are better able to aid those in need. Mental Illness in Children; Know the Signs
4. Practice Stress Reduction
The Global Wellness Report states that “additional stresses and speed of life in the digital era” pose the greatest threats to mental health. Did you know that children and youth are always accessible and responsive to their peers, and use social media to compare themselves to others? Digital health and wellness may be improved when individuals learn to practice mindfulness meditation and other stress-reduction and relaxation strategies for themselves and others. Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
5. Foster Relationships
It’s not hard to assume that online social networks have a positive effect on people’s ability to meet and form relationships with one another. However, the time we have spent apart from our communities has contributed to a rising tide of isolation and the difficulties of reintegrating into society. How can you and your loved ones be enticed to take part in group outings that will allow for genuine face-to-face communication and bonding? Is it challenging to reintegrate into “old” connections at work, school, and church? Why?
6. Use Online Heath Resources
There is now an abundance of digital health resources available online for people to investigate physical and emotional health symptoms of concern and learn about prevention. One such database is the Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker.
7. Explore Wellness Apps
Explore wellness and workout applications that encourage better living for people of all ages by making use of digital resources. The ability to borrow from others’ libraries expands the scope and difficulty of recreational learning and physical activity for everyone.
8. Set Rules for the End of the Day
There is mounting data that shows using electronics in bed prevents us from getting the rest we need. Establishing regulations that require devices to charge outside of bedrooms overnight can improve the digital health of the entire family.
9. Talk About Distraction and Safety
When people are occupied with their iPhones, they can’t focus on anything else. Distracted driving is a serious threat to the safety of drivers and those around them. Everyone has to realize that they must put their own well-being and safety ahead of their dependence on technological advances.
10. Discuss the Differences Between Productivity and Technology
According to the Global Wellness Report’s research, technological progress has not been accompanied by corresponding gains in productivity. In fact, the widespread use of cellphones and other digital technology has been linked to a fall in productivity throughout developing nations. Digital Technologies may make our lives easier, but some people argue that they don’t help us get more done. Goal setting and learning to commit to an outcome while simultaneously seeking feedback and assistance continue to be powerful motivators of productivity and success.