The Importance of “Digital Detox” and Habits to Cultivate for Wellness

The Importance of “Digital Detox” and Habits to Cultivate for Wellness

The internet and technology have become an essential part of our lives. We are immersed in the digital world, and each day more, we feel the need to stay connected in order to create a sense of belonging in this new age.

And although the internet and the advances in technology have brought us many opportunities in the most diverse aspects, for example, improving the ways we communicate and bringing new professional opportunities, the internet also has its bad sides.

Therefore, it is essential to keep an open mind about the impacts of the excessive use of the internet, be aware of the risks of staying connected all the time in social networks or in any other interactive form of technology, and learn to recognize when you need help getting out.

This is where digital detox enters and plays a fundamental part in helping us stay mentally healthier regarding the use of the internet and everything related to connectivity.

But if you do not know what digital detox is, what are the signs that you need one, and some habits you need to cultivate for wellness, keep reading this article and find out more!

What is a digital detox?

We can define digital detox as a way of cleansing ourselves from anything related to digital tools, social networks, and the virtual world as a whole.

Digital detox is literally the act of turning off and disconnecting from the digital world, whether it is for a day, a couple of days, or weeks and months.

The goal behind detoxifying from the digital world is to cleanse in order to recharge your batteries, cultivate your wellbeing and release stress and anxiety that staying connected all the time can bring.

Why is it so important to do a digital detox?

By doing a digital detox, you will be able to reconnect to yourself on many levels, shut down the noises of day-to-day life for a moment, release stress, anxiety, and tension, invest time in offline activities, spend quality time with your family and friends, etc.

But have you ever thought about the signs that show that you need a digital detox? Keep reading and find out more!

What are the signs that you need a digital detox?

Being on the internet certainly brings out many feelings and sensations. The internet can be a good place to be, but when you start feeling anxious, stressed, or anything related to those feelings, it may be time to stay alert and consider doing a digital detox. 

Here are some signs that you may need a digital detox:

  • You constantly feel the need to check on your phone, or social networks, without even needing it.
  • When you leave your house without your phone, you feel like a part of you stayed at home. Or worse, you would not leave the house without it.
  • You feel anxious and even depressed.
  • You are constantly afraid that you are missing out on something (FOMO).
  • You make your meals with your phone by your side.
  • You go everywhere with your phone.
  • When you get home, the first thing you do is turn on the TV.
  • You have trouble sleeping.
  • You feel out of focus.
  • When you post something, you feel obligated to check your “results” on social media, etc.

Many other signs can show that you need a digital detox. And now that you know some of them, it is time to see what you can do to stay healthy regarding the use of the internet, social media, and other interactive forms of technology.

3 habits to cultivate for wellness in the digital world

Check below 3 habits that you should cultivate for wellness in the digital world, which can also be seen as a way to detox since you can implement them in your day-to-day life.

Monitor your cell phone usage

The first step in dealing with a problem is by recognizing it and taking action to solve it.

By monitoring your cell phone usage, you will be aware of how much you use your phone and will be able to create strategies to reduce the usage. For example, you can set up a bedtime routine and a curfew before sleeping to calm your mind before bed and guarantee a great night’s sleep.

Completely disconnect from the digital for a period

Nothing sounds more digital detox than completely disconnecting from the digital world for some time.

You can start your cleanse, or fast with small steps. Turn off all the digital devices like computers, cell phones, tablets or iPads, TVs, etc., for 12 hours, then increase for 24 hours, then 48 hours, and keep going until you think it is necessary. 

When offline, try to create a routine of wellness habits, like practicing mindful eating, focusing on the moment of the meals without any exterior interruptions. 

You can also exercise, do yoga, meditate, read, paint, or start some new activity or hobby that you always wanted and never had the time to do. 

And, if possible, disconnect too from any work-related assignments that require the use of digital means. It is the time of a total cleanse!

Take a trip to reconnect with yourself or with your family and friends

Another wellness habit you can adopt during your digital detox period is to take a trip to reconnect with yourself at every level.

By taking a trip, you will have the opportunity to turn off all the noise of everyday life, get to know a new place without any digital interference, spend some time with yourself, and recharge your batteries for when you return to the “real (digital) world.”

You can see this trip as an adventurous time, where you can enjoy your own company, do an internal cleanse, and reevaluate some aspects of your life.

If you don’t want to do it alone, you can also invite some friends or family to participate in the digital detox, enjoy the time with them, and even make them grow a consciousness about taking some time off the digital world.

Are you ready? Staying off sometimes is a way to stay healthy physically and mentally. Now you know what to do! It is time to put yourself first: take all this information and put it into action for an effective digital detox!

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  

 

The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch-2021

The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch-2021

Back in 2020, we provided our readers with five Ted Talks that focused on steps that leaders can take to foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for their employees. Since then, we have gone through remote, hybrid, and back to in-office work environments. However, the issue of diversity and inclusivity in any workspace continues to rise. In today’s fast-paced world, a healthy working environment is critical; more diversity results in a healthy workplace. Take a look at these five new Ted talks to learn how to successfully lead an organization by integrating diversity, inclusion, and belonging into your culture.

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1. How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace

What if people of all colors and races were able to climb the corporate ladder? How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a Ted Talk where Stovall outlines a three-part action plan for creating more inclusive workplaces where people can feel safe and be their authentic selves.

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2. How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community)

Rosalind G. Brewer, COO of Starbucks, addresses the elephant in the room: companies’ focus on metrics when it comes to thinking of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Watch this Ted talk with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, as Brewer invites leaders from all spaces to rethink their approach to fostering a truly diverse and inclusive work culture.

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3. The rigged test of leadership

We’ve heard of the glass ceiling, but what happens after we shatter it only to be stopped? Enter the glass cliff: a situation where once you assume your leadership role, you find there are limited chances to succeed beyond your new position. In this Ted talk, equality activist Sophie Williams explains why we need to ensure success in leadership based on different research-backed arguments and what we can do in order to ensure that everyone has equal access.

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4. How reverse mentorship can help create better leaders

When we think of leadership and mentorship, we usually think of senior roles as mentors. In Gordon’s narrative, she challenges that thought process with a “reverse mentorship program” where she provides 6 tips to make reverse mentorship work for your workplace.  

5. Why corporate diversity programs fail — and how small tweaks can have big impact

DEI expert Joan C. Williams breaks down five common patterns of bias that cause the billion-dollars worth of DEI programs that most U.S. companies initiate to fail and offers data-driven approaches to target where initiatives go wrong and how to remedy them.

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  

Meet the MinTech Agency Team: Alex and Karen

Meet the MinTech Agency Team: Alex and Karen

MinTech Agency strives to diversify the tech world with talented individuals who want to thrive in their next career move. This month, we will highlight the faces working behind the scenes at MinTech whose missions also aim to see Black, Latinx, and Women tech professionals thrive.

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Meet Alex Powell

Alex Powell, Diversity Tech Recruiter

Write out a 2-sentence description of yourself as if you were writing your own autobiography.

Alex is an enthusiastic recruiter. She enjoys building relationships with new and eager candidates

What is your background prior to working for MinTech Agency? 

Alex has nine years of experience in Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, and Career Development in both the public and private sectors.

What are you passionate about outside of working for MinTech Agency?

Alex is passionate about helping to propel underrepresented candidates into a position to better serve their families and communities.

If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be and why?

Open; I love learning new things as there isn’t much that I won’t try once.
Also, I am a friend whose door is always open and I try to make myself available for those in need. 

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?

It means everyone has a chance to be successful and a sense of belonging wherever they go.

If you could pause your life for just one moment, what moment would that be and why?

Hugging my children. I don’t want them to grow up!

What is your favorite form of self-care? 

Eating chubby hubby ice cream and Binge Watching a great TV show.

Why did you choose to work for MinTech Agency?

MinTech mission and vision aligns perfectly with my passion to help an advocate for underrepresented candidates.

What’s the one takeaway you want readers to know about you? 

That I am passionate about making a difference one candidate at a time.

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Meet Karen Williams

She/Her, Karen Williams, Founder/CEO

Write out a 2-sentence description of yourself as if you were writing your own autobiography.

Karen Williams is a speaker, entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of MinTech Agency, a diversity tech recruitment company. Karen is passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latinx tech professionals leading in the technology industry.

What is your background prior to working for MinTech Agency? 

All through high school and college, I worked in customer service. After college, I started my career in Human Resources and Staffing, and I did that for 5 years before starting MinTech Agency.

What are you passionate about outside of working for MinTech Agency?

Teaching my children about entrepreneurship, ownership, and the keys to generating wealth.

If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be and why?

Optimistic. I know all things work in your favor if you believe it. We create our own reality from our thoughts and beliefs so I stay optimistic about my future and know it is all worked out in my favor.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?

To me, it means knowing I’m accepted, welcomed, and appreciated for who I am and what I bring to the table based on my talents, skills, and experiences. PERIOD.

DEI work is very intense work that takes real Shero/Hero’s to dedicate their time to teaching others how to understand, accept and treat others.

DEI means getting to a point where we don’t need DEI, a point in life where it’s organic and a natural part of life to be empathetic, and fair to others without being forced by the media, policy, and incentives.

If you could pause your life for just one moment, what moment would that be and why?

Everything in life happens for a reason and is setting us up for something else. But if I could pause a moment in life it would be the last time I spoke with my young brother Chris. He was my everything and he was taken away from me two days later.

What is your favorite form of self-care? 

Any carefree time alone, where I don’t have to think about anyone but myself. Hanging out with my girlfriends, it’s 7 of us and we have all been friends for 20+ years.

Why did you choose to work for MinTech Agency?

I chose to start MinTech Agency because I wanted to use my talents and experience to help my community. I know building wealth in the Black community is imperative to our future and technology is the future of everything. Millionaires and Billionaires are made every day in tech and we want more than a piece of the pie, we want our own dessert table.

So helping people that look like me land jobs paying $190,000+, making more money than they ever expected makes every day I get up and drop in someone’s Linkedin DM worth it.

What’s the one takeaway you want readers to know about you? 

The universe is conspiring to give you whatever you want or believe you deserve. You deserve to have all the great things your mind can envision.

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  

 

 

Meet the MinTech Agency Team: Claire and Jacq

Meet the MinTech Agency Team: Claire and Jacq

MinTech Agency strives to diversify the tech world with talented individuals who want to thrive in their next career move. This month, we will highlight the faces working behind the scenes at MinTech whose missions also aim to see Black, Latinx, and Women tech professionals thrive.

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Meet Claire Bercaw 

She/Her/Hers, Claire Bercaw, Business Ops Intern 

Write out a 2-sentence description of yourself as if you were writing your own autobiography.

Claire is a student at North Carolina State University studying Industrial Engineering and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and trying new coffee shops around Raleigh.

What is your background prior to working for MinTech Agency? 

As a full-time student, I have worked multiple part-time jobs in customer service.

What are you passionate about outside of working for MinTech Agency?

I love keeping up with the latest fashion trends and making jewelry.

If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be and why?

Optimistic; I always try to see the good in circumstances because a positive attitude makes for a happy life.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?

DEI in the workplace allows individuals to function in an environment that fosters empathy, understanding, support, and acceptance.

If you could pause your life for just one moment, what moment would that be and why?

Exploring Europe and learning about different cultures because I love meeting new people and seeing new places.

What is your favorite form of self-care? 

I love to watch Netflix with friends and some freshly baked cookies.

Why did you choose to work for MinTech Agency?

I appreciate the mission of MinTech Agency and want to be a part of a company that strives to give minorities equal opportunities to thrive in the workforce.

What’s the one takeaway you want readers to know about you? 

I’m excited to watch MinTech grow over the next few years!

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Meet Jacq Riseling

She/Her/They/Them, Jacq Riseling, Marketing Coordinator

Write out a 2-sentence description of yourself as if you were writing your own autobiography.

Jacq Riseling is a Milwaukee-based career chameleon from Southern California. She is passionate about elevating small businesses and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, pets, and recording her podcast with her sibling, Jules.

What is your background prior to working for MinTech Agency? 

I am a career chameleon which basically means that I have tried a little bit of everything before settling down in my career. In my undergraduate years, I was studying music as well as nursing. I worked as both a piano instructor and a certified nursing assistant during college. I also hosted an open-mic night for local musicians in the Milwaukee area and coordinated college events. After graduating, I worked for music stores, music studios, and pursued music therapy as another career. It wasn’t until the pandemic occurred that I seriously pursued marketing, social media management, and web design. I used to passively do all of those skills in my other previous jobs and I didn’t even know it! I worked for a record label as a web designer, and now I work as the Marketing Coordinator for MinTech! I am also pursuing my Master’s in Communications.

What are you passionate about outside of working for MinTech Agency?

Music! I continue to practice my favorite piano pieces when I have time. I also enjoy hiking and scaling waterfalls with my family when we have the opportunity. Spending time with my family and pets is a big part of my life.

If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be and why?

Empathetic. I take people’s feelings into consideration a lot and I guess that came from being both a teacher and a caregiver. I like connecting with people and it’s through empathy that I have learned that not everyone is at the same energy level as you are and that is okay.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?

As someone who identifies as non-binary and is a minority, DEI is a part of my livelihood. Working for MinTech has allowed me to continue to act on including DEI in everything that I can do.

If you could pause your life for just one moment, what moment would that be and why?

This one is tough because there are a lot of moments that I would want to pause. If anything, it would be anytime when my grandfather was alive. He raised me as a child while my mom was studying in her undergrad so I got to spend a lot of time with him including when he had to go to the local Air Force base by his house in California. Seeing all of the retired airplanes with him was one of my favorite moments in my childhood.

What is your favorite form of self-care? 

Meditating and listening to music is my go-to form of self-care. Being able to pause and relax my always-working mind is my favorite form of relaxation.

Why did you choose to work for MinTech Agency?

I chose to work for MinTech Agency because of the mission behind it. Elevating Black, Latinx, and Womxn tech professionals who would otherwise not have an opportunity given to them is important to me. I want to change the demographics of tech leaders (and other sector leaders) to be more inclusive.

What’s the one takeaway you want readers to know about you? 

I strive to elevate the voices that would otherwise be overlooked. I am excited to see MinTech Agency grow and thrive doing just that!

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  

 

 

Meet the MinTech Agency Team: Sarah and Lauren

Meet the MinTech Agency Team: Sarah and Lauren

MinTech Agency strives to diversify the tech world with talented individuals who want to thrive in their next career move. This month, we will highlight the faces working behind the scenes at MinTech whose missions also aim to see Black, Latinx, and Women tech professionals thrive.

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Meet Sarah Biagiotti 

She/Her, Sarah Elizabeth Biagiotti, Technical Recruiting Intern 

Write out a 2-sentence description of yourself as if you were writing your own autobiography.

My name is Sarah Elizabeth Biagiotti; I am a multiracial computer engineering student from Houston, Texas, studying at the University of Houston. I am seeking out all opportunities to grow and succeed as I hope to one day be a leader in the technology field. 

What is your background prior to working for MinTech Agency? 

Prior to working at MinTech Agency, I have worked in child care as a Nanny and babysitter for several years. MinTech has been my first opportunity to work in a tech-related job. 

What are you passionate about outside of working for MinTech Agency?

Some of my passions outside of working for MinTech are music, family, traveling, gaming, basketball, technology.

If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be and why?

If I could describe myself in one word, it would be dependable. I am ready to take the initiative and complete every task to the best of my ability. 

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?

To me, diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI, mean that an individual should receive fair treatment despite any differences. This means that everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, social status, or sexual orientation, is given the same opportunities. All individuals should be shown respect and accepted for who they are. 

If you could pause your life for just one moment, what moment would that be and why?

One moment in my life I would like to pause is any time my entire family has been together. It’s so hard to get all my loved ones in the same spot, but it is the most special time when we are all together. 

What is your favorite form of self-care? 

My favorite form of self-care is relaxing with some good music, food, and a face mask! 

Why did you choose to work for MinTech Agency?

I chose to work for MinTech Agency because of our culture. I think it’s incredible to find a company that both accepts and values my diverse background. I am honored to be a part of a team working to abolish the diversity gap in the working industry. 

What’s the one takeaway you want readers to know about you? 

One thing I would like readers to know about me is anything I am given the opportunity to learn to do; I will continue to practice until I become a master in that subject.

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Meet Lauren Stowe

She/Her, Lauren Stowe, Technical Recruiting Intern

Write out a 2-sentence description of yourself as if you were writing your own autobiography.

I am a fun-sized Latina who loves to sing, dance, and play with my cat but am always ready to have a deep conversation. I am always looking for an opportunity to make someone laugh and brighten their day.

What is your background prior to working for MinTech Agency? 

I am currently studying Human Resource Management and Management at Baylor University, and I will graduate in May of 2022. 

What are you passionate about outside of working for MinTech Agency?

Outside of working for MinTech Agency, I am passionate about learning about different personality types, enneagrams, and temperaments. I love diving deeper into who we are as people; understanding these things can help people better communicate with each other.

If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be and why?

If I could describe myself with one word, it would be caring. I care a lot. I have always been considered the mom in my group of friends. I care about other people, their struggles, and the decisions they make. I also place great emphasis on my success and the success of others. It is so important to me that I reach my high standards and that those around me are reaching their own.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?

To me, diversity, equity, and inclusion mean equal opportunities for all people, a difference of thought, and a more well-rounded community.

If you could pause your life for just one moment, what moment would that be and why?

If I could pause my life for just one moment, it would be at my wedding. I am not married yet, but I would love to pause at that moment and really take it in and appreciate it. 

What is your favorite form of self-care? 

My favorite form of self-care is spending quality time with my closest friends. 

Why did you choose to work for MinTech Agency?

I decided to work for MinTech Agency because I was looking for a role in which I would gain valuable experience related to human resources. 

What’s the one takeaway you want readers to know about you? 

I am a determined, hard-working young woman who lets God guide her in the right direction.

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!