Your Brain & Technology: Tips from Drs. Orli Etingin & Rajita Sinha
20 May 2016
The 2016 NYC Women & the Brain event focused on a hot topic in brain health: how do the ever-more-prevalent technologies in our lives affect our brains, and how much is too much? In case you missed out on important information about how technology can change your brain, or great tips to help you disconnect, here are a few key takeaways from Drs. Orli Etingin and Rajita Sinha:
- Chronic stress is associated with a much higher risk of later-life dementia-associated brain atrophy in women, but we can decrease stress by “being present here,” and turning our attention to awareness of the breath when we feel a stress reaction beginning.
- It doesn’t have to be all or nothing—if you feel like you’re addicted to your portable technology, start by putting your phone away for short periods every day, i.e. at dinner or even on an elevator ride.
- Technology can actually help: use your smartphone to help you relax with mindfulness apps like Headspace and Omvana