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Make a Cyber Self-Care Plan This Wellness Month

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Sarah Nicholas

The need for intentional self-care became evident to many of us during quarantine. To prevent anxiety, loneliness and encourage new ways of flourishing, experts recommended we create self-care plans. These are intervention tools that help us stay on track with our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s a preventative measure you can put in place before you face a crisis, so that you can fall back on it when/if you need to.

It’s a wise tool for our physical lives. Why not create one for our cyber lives? Here’s how:

  1. Take stock of your online life and create a checklist. Are you following best practices for updating and storing your passwords? Do you have the latest security software installed on all your devices? Are you following safe Wi-Fi practices? Do you know what to look out for to avoid the latest breaches?
  2. Create a schedule for keeping your devices and your personally identifiable information (PII) healthy and secure. Plan routine times to do things such as password resets, software updates, file cleanup, security scans and credit report checks. Once you get into a routine, it will be easier to stay on top of them.
  3. Consider a digital detox. You can do it for a day, weekend or just a few hours. Pick a schedule that’s right for you. You may choose to turn your device off completely, limit time or simply avoid social media. Do what would benefit you the most. If you turn it off completely, consider putting it out of sight in a drawer or closet. You can break it out to check it a few times in case of an emergency, but try to keep it out of sight and out of mind. It helps to coordinate plans you’ll have during that time in advance so you won’t need to rely on your devices.   

Our digital lives can contribute to or take away from our overall well-being. Following these steps will help you take an active role in yours. For other best practices to help you live your best digital life, be sure to check out these helpful cybersecurity resources on our website.

Written by: Sarah Nicholas

Sarah is the Director of Communications for Serendipity Communications. She lives in Plainwell, Michigan with her husband, daughters and stepson, with twin stepdaughters nearby. She is passionate about cyber safety education and animal rights and enjoys ballet dancing, reading and volunteering at her children’s school.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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