Day three of Mental Health Awareness Week and today’s focus is on technology. The modern world is filled with new and exciting information, coming at us from all directions – from social media, the news, emails and phone notifications.
The human brain is hard-wired to attend to new information, so we can appraise these stimuli as threatening or safe. From an evolutionary standpoint, this allowed our ancestors to assess danger in the environment and use their fight-or-flight response to escape potential threats.
The downside of this is that we are constantly switched on and looking out for new information, which exhausts our brain’s energy levels. Now more than ever, sleep is crucial to recuperate and replenish our brain’s capacity to operate. Paradoxically, it is harder now more than ever to get some shut-eye as we live in a world with distractions at our fingertips. We find it difficult to switch off from these exciting stimuli, and when we do switch off we still find it difficult to wind down and get enough much-needed rest.
Do you find yourself watching television until late at night to try to relax after work? Do you bring your phone to bed? Use it as an alarm clock? Check your emails before going to sleep? If so, you may be seriously sabotaging your mental health and energy levels by not allowing yourself to fully recover after a long day. Try these simple Cognacity tips to break these unhealthy habits:
- Invest in an “old-school” alarm clock. Leave all phones, tablets and laptops out of the bedroom.
- Make your bedroom a sanctuary. Do not do work or catch up on social media within the bedroom. Dedicate this space to rest.
- Create a bedtime wind down ritual, to prepare your brain for rest at least one hour before it is time to sleep. Instead of watching television before bed, try another relaxing activity that you enjoy, like catching up on some light reading
- If you must use screens within one hour of bedtime, install a free App that reduces blue light – blue light can seriously impede your ability to fall asleep, as it interferes with our body’s natural circadian rhythm which regulates our sleeping and waking patterns.
If you think your organisation might be interested in a Technology, Performance and Resilience workshop then contact us today. We have a taster training event on Monday 5th June, covering Technology, Wellbeing & Performance.
In the last six years, we have successfully delivered training programmes to thousands of executives and employees at internationally renowned organisations. We would very much like to give you an opportunity to experience our Technology workshop first hand as we feel that it would benefit your business and its employees.
Breakfast kicks-off the event at 8:30am in 33 Cavendish Square.
Why should you attend?
- There’s nothing like being in a room of like-minded people who are willing to take time away from the office and learn how to improve – we’ll provide you with the marginal gains to get you ahead.
- You will understand the challenges we face in ‘The Information Age’.
- You will be able to identify the impact that these challenges have on our well-being and ability to perform optimally .
- You will develop a practical plan to optimise recovery, well-being and performance.
- This session will be delivered by Professor Pieter Kruger who works with UK Athletics, Great Britain Rowing, Chelsea F.C., Arsenal F.C. and Harlequins Rugby Club. He also delivers elite business psychology (leadership, performance and resilience services) to Allen & Overy, British Airways, BP International, Ernst & Young, Mars Chocolate, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Slaughter & May and Wrigleys.
- Places normally cost £180 per person.