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In this digital age there is more competition for our attention than ever before. This has a knock on impact on our lives as where we place our attention determines what we experience and how we feel... 

I, Alex La Via, was inspired to set up Live More Offline after noticing the impact of digital technology in my work and home life.

 

Digital wellness is about using technology in a way that brings us closer to the things and people we value rather than being distracted away from our goals. 

 

Examples of unhelpful digital habits can be the extra episode of Netflix which leaves us feeling tired the next day, digital notifications that get in the way of focused work or scrolling time away yet feeling we don't have the time for the things we love. 

I am passionate about helping people to create a relationship with technology that is on their terms and creates the life they want!

Alex La Via

The Live More Offline approach is rooted in the evidence base of mindfulness and neuroscience. Drawing on research emerging on the impact of digital technology on focus, memory, creativity, empathy, wellbeing and sleep, to name just a few areas. 

I have experienced the 'always on' culture first-hand, within my corporate career, and understand the challenges of managing the blurred line between work and home life.

In addition, I noticed my greatest challenge with technology on relocating to Yorkshire in early 2018 and being between jobs. At this time, I started spending more time on social media and Netflix. After noticing the impact on my life, I took the bold decision to disconnect from digital technology by flying to Spain and walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago.

 

Spending six weeks walking in nature and disconnecting from digital technology, I felt energised, healthy and inspired. This led me to question how to get the right balance back at home. From this moment, I have undertaken academic research and furthered my training into the impact that digital technology is having on wellbeing and creating the lives we want. 

I now bring this combination of personal experience and knowledge to empower others to find a balance with digital technology which supports their goals and the life they want to live. It would be a pleasure to help you in creating meaningful change to meet your needs and goals. 

Experience: 

  • Over ten years' experience working within Big Four accountancy and FTSE 100 / FTSE 250 in-house environments

  • Academic research with a Masters Degree in Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Aberdeen University, with a research focus on the impact that digital technology is having on wellbeing and the potential for mindfulness in digital habit change

  • Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, listed by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations as a mindfulness teacher who adheres to the UK Good Practice Guidelines

  • Qualified digital wellness coach

  • Studied with Judson Brewer's 'Mindfulness-Based Behaviour Change Facilitator' Training Course

  • Qualified Mental Heath First Aider