6 Steps for Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Technology

Whether you love technology or resent it, one thing is certain — technology is here to stay.

At Holden QiGong, we seek to address issues that create stress, anxiety, or discomfort for many individuals. Needless to say, the persistent presence of technology is one such element that can negatively affect our sense of wellbeing.

While technology can certainly be a positive addition to our lives, we must also be very mindful of how we relate to it. Excessive use of phones, computers, or TVs can distort our reality, create stressful thoughts, inhibit our sleep, and undermine our relationships.

Technology is an external energy that can have an extremely powerful effect on our internal energy. If we don’t know how to keep it at bay, its addictive qualities can seep into our lives in unwanted ways.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss six important strategies to help you be the master of technology in your life, rather than have it be the other way around.

  1. Start each day with a healthy morning routine: The first few minutes of your morning can have a huge impact on the rest of your day. If you wake up and immediately check your email or Facebook, your mind and emotions immediately start responding to external energies. This means that your internal energy isn’t directed towards your own personal agenda, but rather, the agenda of the world.
    Before taking in external information and energy, spend some time to get rooted in yourself. Ten to thirty minutes of Qi Gong in the morning is a wonderful way to become grounded and energized for your day ahead. Also, maybe spend some time walking in nature or drinking tea to get centered. Once you’ve established your own true intention for your day, you’ll be better able to face the rest of the world with strength and resilience.

While this blog post is written primarily for adults, many of the same lessons apply to children as well. With kids, parents should be especially careful about how they use computers, smartphones, and TVs. In addition to the points mentioned above, it is wise for parents to make sure that technology doesn’t replace playing outside. It’s very important that children stay active and enjoy all of the wonderful activities that kids are made for — exploring nature, building sandcastles, and running across the playground.

Lee suggests that parents set clear boundaries about how much time their children can spend with technology. Also, they should be sure that babysitters follow the same guidelines to ensure that expectations are consistent and clear. Childhood is an important stage of growth and development, so it’s essential that children use their bodies and minds in a variety of ways.

If you’re interested in cultivating a regular Qi Gong practice, be sure to check out Lee’s 30 Day Challenge. Also, even if you already have a strong practice, the program is a wonderful way to learn more routines that you can use anytime you want to get a fresh boost of energy.

The 30 Day Challenge includes thirty unique lessons that are each seven minutes in length. This ensures that it’s easy to stay consistent regardless of what is going on in your life. Each class can also be used as a nourishing little “Qi break” when you’re working on your computer. Whether you’re an experienced practitioner or just getting started, the 30 Day Challenge is a wonderful addition to your Qi library.

Click here to learn more about how Qi Gong can help you feel your best and start practicing today.



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