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Your tips for #digitalwellbeing

Last week I shared seven tips on practical ways to balance your digital life with nature, then I asked you share your own tips. Here are some of the best. Do keep them coming! Please tag them #digitalwellbeing

  • @johnjohnston follows  on Twitter for small daily exercises to help you find stillness in life – digital and otherwise.
  • @CarolynHMiller, profiled in Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age, recommends keeping a digital journal of your natural life — that’s something she’s been doing in a journal of her life with her donkeys.
  • Gordon Joly says he enjoys walkways with plants, like the High Line in New York City and the Promenade Plantée in Paris (see image).  They are fab spaces, he says – thoughtful, open, and calming in a big city.
  • Not exactly tips, but can be read as such, Rachel Sparks has kindly allowed me to share the following notes which were inspired by ecotherapist Adrian Harris:
    • Taken up a mindful activity whilst walking from thing to thing in London… I defo have a smartphone checking addiction and do the stupid thing of scrolling/responding/posting on social media whilst walking…to help manage this compulsion which leads to tension and complete lack of presence in the moment (and vice versa) I’ve started looking for the different shades of green that I can see… It’s like ‘I Spy’ for the colour green.
    • I’ve noticed that even in the most built up areas I can spy trees between metal and glass giants/grass thrusting out of untrodden paths / and moss in the tiny damp gaps.Seeing the different shades of green has a few benefits…
      > I’m looking up and around and not at my screen so I’ll be less likely to be a fb meme of people falling on their face whilst texting.
      > I’m walking upright with a more loose and flexible posture so experience a sense opening in my heart and mind
      > It’s a reminder to breathe and centre which lessens anxious feelings, therefore thoughts
      > I can appreciate that London as grim and grey as it can be has life springing out of it all over the place. It’s Autumn now so I’ll be starting a game of I Spy green, orange, yellow and red
  • And on Instagram, wanderer and artist @bytetime  simply advised us to  ‘Hug a tree’.

Do you have any tips to add? Post them in your stream of choice tagged #digitalwellbeing. Thank you!

Choose more nature, not less technology

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeExcerpt from Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off, by Sue Thomas.  Paperback and Kindle. Buy Now.

Perhaps you have noticed that digital guilt has become the media’s favourite way to fill an empty column or two? The smallest mention of the dangers of technology is guaranteed to make us shift uneasily as we scroll through our phones and tablets.

Remarks like this, for example, can really sting when you’re doing your best just to get through the day:

‘Reading Thoreau by the fire, fishing for trout, and playing chess over blackberry wine are just some of the pleasures I’ve found since I turned my back on tech’

wrote digital detoxer Mark Boyle.[i] Ouch! That makes me feel so inadequate, with my phone always in my pocket!

Actually, though, it doesn’t have to be like that. Continue reading Choose more nature, not less technology

OUT NOW Paperback edition of ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age’

When I published the Kindle edition of ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age, I was quite surprised to find that lots of people I know don’t read e-books at all. They asked for a paperback version and I didn’t have one. But now I do.  It’s on sale at Amazon from today, so if you prefer paperbacks to e-books, now you can get one!

Is the paperback different from the e-book?

Just a tiny bit – the paperback includes a few images which were difficult to incorporate into the e-book. I’ve updated the structure and cover to match the paperback, so if you own an older copy of the e-book you’ll notice some changes to the way the content is organised, and some of the headings have changed, but basically it’s pretty much the same.

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Digital Wellbeing Facebook Group

Join me in Facebook to discuss your own experiments and ideas on how we can feel better without logging off. There’s a lot to talk about!