Today we’re witnessing a crises in wellbeing and mental health based on the relationship between time and technology.

In today's world, digital devices and social media platforms have become an integral part of our lives. From smartphones and laptops to spatial computing, we are constantly surrounded by technology that promises to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. However, with this convenience comes a darker side - MindStyle joyriding.

MindStyle joyriding can be defined as the use and abuse of pleasure to steal your time and wellbeing, by reducing your awareness, ability, and control. It's the “illusion” of control, like taking a joyride in someone else's car without their permission, but instead of a car, it's your mind and time that are being stolen.

The problem with MindStyle joyriding is that it can be incredibly addictive. Social media platforms are designed to keep us hooked, using algorithms that show us content that we are most likely to engage with. This creates a feedback loop where we feel compelled to keep scrolling, even when we know we should be doing something else.

The consequences of MindStyle joyriding are significant. It can lead to a loss of productivity, reduced attention span, and a lack of focus. It can also have a negative impact on our mental health, causing anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation.

So, how can we avoid MindStyle joyriding and take back control of our time? Here are some tips:

1. Set boundaries: Establish specific times of the day when you will use digital devices and social media platforms. Stick to these times and avoid using them outside of these designated periods.

2. Turn off notifications: Notifications are a major distraction and can make it difficult to focus on important tasks. Turn them off to minimize the temptation to check your phone.

3. Take breaks: It's important to take regular breaks from digital devices and social media platforms. Use this time to engage in other activities that promote elevated activities such as reading a book, nature walks, and P.A.U.S.E. activities.

4. Be intentional: When you do use digital devices and social media platforms, be intentional about how you use them. Set specific goals for what you want to accomplish and avoid mindlessly scrolling.

5. Practice self management skills: Taking care of your physical and mental health is essential for avoiding digital joyriding. Make sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relatedness.

Today and in the future, MindStyle joyriding is a critical problem that can have serious consequences for our productivity, wellbeing and mental health. By setting boundaries, turning off notifications, taking breaks, being intentional, and practicing self-management skills, we can take back control of our time and our future.

Technology is a tool designed to help us solve our problems, not one that creates more of them.