TECHNOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH
According to the Pew Research Center, about 30% of U.S. adults report being ‘almost constantly’ online. Excessive screen time can contribute to social withdrawal, disrupt sleep patterns, and encourage physical inactivity, all of which can impact a person’s overall mindstate and be harmful to addiction recovery. In fact, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), individuals who spend over six hours a day watching TV or using a computer are more likely to struggle with depression. Additionally, time online has also been linked to feelings of anxiety. In recovery, it’s important to be aware of your screen time, so that it doesn’t begin to encroach on time that should be dedicated to nourishing your wellbeing.
RECHARGE YOUR ADDICTION RECOVERY
Unplugging for an hour, day, or even a week can allow you to reconnect with yourself and recharge your recovery. By intentionally limiting your screen time, you can be fully present with your thoughts, emotions, and those around you.
Furthermore, cutting back your social media usage can actually increase your sense of social connection. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), decreasing time on social media can reduce feelings of loneliness. With social connection such an integral element of addiction recovery, you can cultivate your recovery community in the time you usually spend on social media.
Try some of the ten technology-free activities below to recenter when you’re feeling overstimulated by technology.
- Go to lunch with a friend.
- Take yourself to coffee or tea.
- Join a group that interests you.
- Read a book.
- Draw or paint something.
- Go on a walk, hike, or bike ride.
- Write a short story.
- Try a new recipe.
- Meditate or do yoga.
- Play with your pet.
ADDICTION RECOVERY AT WASATCH CREST
At Wasatch Crest, we encourage our clients to explore their interests, try new activities, and create new connections, so they can have full lives in recovery. Reach out to learn more about addiction treatment programs.