My journey with building better mental health and fitness began with recognizing that I was struggling with compulsions online. However, when I did get into therapy, we didn't touch on my online compulsions--the idea of Internet addiction was, and still is, very new to traditional mental health. So I had to deal with my online compulsions on my own, taking everything I'd learned about overcoming OCD and combining that with skills and tools I was using as a management consultant to help companies innovate and change. This course is the complete collection of those skills and change management tools, adapted specifically to dealing with online compulsions.
Building a better relationship with the Internet and learning how to use it in a way that's aligned with your values, might be the most useful innovation project you ever embark upon. The Internet is not going anywhere, so it's time to get it working for you.
Make change visible and tangible.
The course is full of exercises to help get ideas out of your head and into your environment. Making change visible can help with navigating complex challenges, especially when your brain isn't cooperating.
Use a structured approach to change.Developing the ability to be online, experience the urge to engage in compulsions, but to instead choose to do something aligned with your values, is no different than developing any other ability: you have to start small and gradually develop your strength and endurance. So we'll start the course off with a 10 day stretch of limiting Internet use and gradually increasing the amount of time you spend online.
Get tips and help with overcoming challenges.
As somebody that has struggled with and then overcome an Internet addiction that involved years of spending hours every day on compulsions, I can offer realistic tips and suggestions on how to succeed with beating this.
Mark is an author, recovery coach, and design thinking workshop facilitator. He is a Stanford MedX ePatient Scholar, the Editor of Everybody has a Brain (blog, videos), and the former Executive Director of the Self-Help Resource Centre. And he has a brain—although it took him many years of struggling with mental illnesses to realize that. With the help of a great therapist and by applying behavioral therapy techniques throughout his life, Mark overcame the mental illnesses he was dealing with and has been compulsion free for over 5 years. He now devotes his time and energy to helping people navigate the complex changes necessary to build and maintain great mental health.