New study finds reducing time looking at social media to 30 minutes per day reduces risk of depression/loneliness

standard_depression_loneliness.jpegHow Tai Chi & Qigong can keep you Calm and Centered.

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A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania ( No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression Read here that limiting one's social media usage to 30 minutes per day can lead to significant improvements in your well-being.

 

Remember those heady days when people used to just walk down the street looking where they were going? Sat on a park bench and read a newspaper or took in the beauty all around them?

 

The Lost Art of Being Normal

Yes, me too, seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? But in the last few years there seems very few people who actually do just walk down the street looking around them, having conversations or just people watching.

 

FOMO Fear of Missing Out

It has always struck me as unhealthy to separate yourself from your surroundings. Being here now grounds and stops you from “being in your head”. Too much time internalizing and getting wrapped up in yourself can lead to depression and experiencing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) syndrome.

 

Fake News-which is all of it!

By getting wrapped up viewing social media posts, you are getting caught up in fake news. Yes, a study earlier in the year found that most people lie on social media (shock horror, who would have thought it?) Which is ok so long as you know it. But for so many people living lives that currently don’t match up to the glitzy images that are all around them it can be very depressing. Too much of that is bad for you long term. I read an article recently that virtually every photo in social media has been, um - “adjusted”. What is really disappointing for me is that I have no idea how to do it!!

 

Three things that can help keep you grounded, happy and in the zone;

 

1

Limit your social media time to 30 minutes a day.

Sorry I am a Coach, have to ask these questions :0)

Ask yourself why you need to watch that little screen so badly. What problem does it solve?

Or cover up?

Is there a better way of solving that problem?

If you are lonely go and make friends-most especially come to one of our super friendly Tai Chi classes. Not only make friends but learn a great skill that will help you become healthy, calm your mind and get your head on straight.

 

Things can change fast in your life. Find out where you want to go, make a plan and keep going each day. If you have a planner plan your goals for the day. (I love planners)

 

2

Practice Mindfulness

 

By fixing your mind only on now you keep everything in perspective. Is everything ok at this second? Yes - then everything is ok. Forget about the past or what the future might hold now is your only reality. By focusing on now, you tend to make less mistakes because your thought process is not being hijacked by worries and fears.

 

As one of my NLP teachers always said you are always only one thought away from being ok.

 

3

 

Practice Tai Chi & Qigong every day.

 

Yes, Tai Chi and Qigong are very good for your health, but they are also brilliant for developing your mind too. I have been teaching Mindfulness and Tai Chi for most of my life and when you combine them, they have an amazing ability to focus, concentrate and calm your mind. All of the components you need for a healthy, successful life.

 

Why not come and join us, it will be fun -honest! Click

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