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Purposeful Tech: Practicing Digital Wellness During a Pandemic

Purposeful Tech: Practicing Digital Wellness During a Pandemic

We are zoom-ed out. Over emailed. Pulled into endless chat apps. Scrolling through social media in our sleep. Notifications blasting the latest news update or group text. Oh yeah, and it’s a pandemic.

Even before COVID-19 many of us felt anxious, stressed, lost and even behind in life as we look at everyone else’s highlight reels.

So what’s the solution while we problem solve in the midst of this crisis? It’s time to get purposeful with tech.

In this experiential session, we’ll identify what about social media and technology is causing stress, and actively develop the skills and tactics we need to cope with our constant connection, on purpose.

This session is great for educators, supervisors, and even students. The facilitator primarily serves and supports colleges and universities, so a higher education lens of digital wellness will be applied.

Purposeful tech won’t be easy, but it is needed to sustain and ground you going forward.

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Links to what was mentioned during the Purposeful Tech webinar.

Tech tools you may find helpful

Digital Wellness and Self-Care Resources from Higher Ed

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Hey Rams! It’s been a month since we’ve been home! Here are a few fun ways to fight boredom. 1. Meditation. Sit somewhere quiet and focus on your breathing. The Well hosts a guided group meditation on Wednesdays at 2:30. Check our Resilience Lab calendar on our website for the Zoom link: https://thewell.vcu.edu/about-us/events-calendar/ 2) Painting or any other creative activity. Did you know the Bob Ross YouTube channel has tons of painting classes? Coloring can also be super relaxing. 3) Karaoke. YouTube has everything! Search your favorite song + “karaoke” or “instrumental”! Try it on FaceTime with your family or friends. 4. Camping. Need a change of scenery? Clear out your living room or the floor in your bedroom and make your best pillow/blanket fort. Grab a snack and watch a movie to add to the mood. 5. Journal. Not sure what to write about? Talk about how you are adjusting to this stay-at-home life. Write about cheese and unicorns. Google daily writing prompts. Journaling is a healthy outlet for your feelings! 6. Exercise. I know some of us are feeling lazy and just want to watch Netflix all day. But try to fit a 30 minute workout into your day! Rec Sports is offering free virtual workout classes. YouTube also has workout classes. There are also a few apps to try. The best post-Corona bodies are made in the house! . . [Image description: Ram meditating while listening to music and journaling with text Try this at home!]

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Digital Wellness Resources from Around the Web

Content from Josie on Digital Wellness

Accounts to follow to brighten your social media timelines

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About Josie

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership researcher, speaker, and consultant. She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals, and campus executives how to humanize technology tools and prioritize building online community.

She also serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University, creating curriculum to build digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates up to doctorate level students. She is extensively published and maintains an active blog and podcast (Josie & The Podcast), which have received accolades from EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World, comes out in July 2020.

Josie received her doctorate from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University. She majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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