The pandemic brought a number of changes to our lifestyles, and with social distancing came longer periods at home than we ever imagined. One of the effects of this shift was the jump on our daily screen time as many now work, socialize, exercise and entertain themselves with computers and smartphones. Increased amounts of time take its toll on people’s mental and physical health, so knowing how to handle it will be beneficial to you and your family:
- No screens 30 minutes before bed: The light from your TV, smartphone or other screens disrupt your natural sleep cycle by restraining the production of melatonin and increasing your alertness at night. Instead, try grabbing a book and reading before bed.
- Put alerts on hold: Try silencing your phone as the night approaches to prevent seeing notifications that lure you into senseless screen time,
- Take a break: If you work at home, try taking a 5-minute break per hour. It will help you get some time off from screen and clear your mind to prevent getting drained during working hours, so you’ll end up being more productive.
- One screen-free meal per day: Screen-free meals provide an opportunity for social interactions in your household, and promote better digestion as you focus on your food instead of your phone.
- Don’t eat in your workspace: Eating while you work can actually cause you to do it in bigger proportions, while not focusing 100% on either task so you won’t enjoy it as much.
Try to keep your screen time under control in hopes of improving your mental health and overall lifestyle!