More than five years ago, I started a little project called “Balance by Deborah Hutton”.
Our mission was to find the keys to living a happier and healthier life and share with our community the things we learnt and the people we met along the way.
Half a decade later and we’re still looking for balance, and the sad reality is, it’s getting harder to find in this fast-paced world of ours.
The fifth annual National Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey this year found 26 per cent of Australians reported above normal levels of anxiety symptoms – the highest level since the survey started. The same survey found more than one in ten Australians (12 per cent) reported keeping up with social media networks contributed to their overall levels of stress.
Five years ago social media was a new way of connecting, of making and keeping friends and the new, personalised future of business. Today it’s so ingrained in our life, we don’t realise how reliant we have become and how intrusive it is.
Finding balance today is as much about putting the smartphone down and stepping away from the computer as it is about eating well and working smarter.
If you ask me, our love and addiction to the mobile phone and our constant connection with others through technology is the most significant threat to our relationships and our happiness. The average person will spend nearly two hours on social media every day, that equates to roughly five years over a lifetime! Time spent on social is only expected to increase as platforms develop, and will eat even further into our valuable time.
We multitask on our phones regularly, because, let’s face it, we can. But having our attention divided at work, at the gym, at home – is only going to result in less connection with our world and the people we care most about.
So after five years of finding balance, my one big tip for balance in today techno world is to choose to be with someone face to face, to see them and spend quality time with them because you care.
Quarantine that time and commit yourself that, the other person is the most important person to you at that moment. Give them your undivided attention, turn the phone to flight-mode and live in the moment.
You’ll soon discover, the world waits until your ready, and all the important stuff you’ve been dealing with that you can’t put of, will be right there for when you’re ready.