Hello and welcome, I am so glad you are here.
When I started studying digital anthropology, I had no idea it would lead me down a path to burnout. The potential for learning with technology excited me, and I took to all of the social media and online courses I could get. As I learned more about working with and developing digital systems to do my research and learn many valuable things, I noticed some adverse effects. My sleep suffered along with my attention, and relationships became strained as digital communications became passive and filtered.
I found myself wondering if it would be possible to continue my career using technology while maintaining my health.
After taking time for personal reflection, trial and error with boundaries, and a few digital detoxes, I learned a solution lies in mindfulness and a digital wellness lifestyle. In my personal and professional life, this manifests as regular learning about how digital systems work and then setting boundaries for myself and communicating those boundaries to others. Looking back, I wish there had been someone advocating for these practices as I was learning to be a researcher.
Building a better relationship with technology doesn’t happen overnight, and it can’t happen with one person alone. My great challenge now is to create mindful online content about being more mindful while creating and interacting with content. That’s why I founded the Digital Wellness Street Team.
I invite you to become a founding member of this community for like-minded humans on a quest for digital wellness!