Now that you've tried your hand at journaling, let's talk tech. In today’s fast-paced world, saying “goodbye” to our devices isn’t always easy. But making a commitment to take a technology break — even if it’s only for a couple of hours — can reset the brain and increase well-being. In fact, studies have found a link between the overuse of social media and depression and loneliness.

How to limit your screen time

Commit to taking a technology break once a day, for just a few hours. Use this time, instead, for other activities such as:

  • meditating
  • going for a walk
  • journaling

Pay attention to how the break makes you feel.

If you must use your smartphone after work for calls and emails, give your personal device a brief rest.

Another tip is to turn off your phone during dinner or when you’re out with friends or family.

Connecting with loved ones in “real time” is one of the best ways to beat loneliness and foster deeper intimacy.

Tomorrow: Be compassionate with yourself.


Juli Fraga is a licensed psychologist based in San Francisco, California. She graduated with a PsyD from University of Northern Colorado and attended a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Passionate about women’s health, she approaches all her sessions with warmth, honesty, and compassion. See what she’s up to on Twitter.