During the lockdown, technology has provided a lot of connection and entertainment. Still, it is also essential to put it aside now and then and focus on the outside world. This is important not only for mental health but there are numerous other advantages to limiting screen time that I will discuss with you today.
Most of us spend a significant portion of our day looking at the screen. Excessive screen time can harm our eyes and our posture and mood.
Unfortunately, many of our leisure activities, such as video games, movies, and television, contribute to the time we spend passively watching a screen.
1. Improved Concentration
Reducing screen time improves day-to-day focus by allowing you to appreciate the little things around you that you might overlook when glued to a phone screen. I discovered that even small steps, such as going for a walk without your phone or not turning on your phone first thing in the morning, allow you to focus more on your surroundings and recognize the small things that make you happy.
As the lockdown is gradually reduced, it is critical to appreciate the little things that make life so unique to each of us. If you haven't gone a day without your phone yet, I encourage you to do so and see what you learn.
2. Boosted Mood
Putting down your phone and going outside or doing something you enjoy can improve your mood. It can boost your self-esteem and make you feel more accomplished. Depression and anxiety can lead to withdrawal and isolation from others. Participating in social activities allows you to connect with others while also alleviating the symptoms of these conditions.
3. Increased Productivity
Most of us procrastinate when a deadline approaches, and technology can be a significant distraction that further hinders our productivity. By limiting screen time or blocking time-wasting apps, you force yourself to complete tasks faster and with fewer interruptions. There are several ways to avoid being distracted. For example, some phones come with a screen time setting that allows you to limit the amount of time you spend on specific apps per day.
There are also apps like Flora and Forest that you can download for free or at a low cost and use to lock your phone for various lengths of time. Both of these apps convert the time you put into the app into planting new trees worldwide, so the longer you focus, the more trees you plant. If you prefer a more straightforward approach, turn your phone off completely, as you will no longer feel the need to check it!
4. Enhanced Physical Health
You are aware that physical activity is beneficial to your health, but devices may be reducing your exercise time. Maintaining healthy habits can be difficult when you spend a lot of time in front of a screen.
5. Reduced Anxiety And Stress
If you constantly provide your brain with new information to manage until right before you sleep (browsing social media, reading from a kindle), your stress levels will be high. Studies have shown that you are stopping screen time a few hours before bedtime to reduce anxiety and stress.
6. Improved Sleep Quality
Blue light emitted by digital screens can disrupt your sleep hormones and cycle. If you're used to working late into the night or spending hours before bed on your phone, it might be time to change things and create a more comfortable schedule.
Here are 4 simple ways to cut back on your screen time
The following are some suggestions to help you limit your time spent on electronic devices and develop healthy habits when screen time is unavoidable:
1. Keep Track of Your Screen Time
Many adults worked from home during the pandemic, traveled less, ate less out, and relied more on their screens to stay connected. However, now that things are getting back to normal, it may be an excellent time to assess your screen time and set screen limits.
Smartphones now have screen time functions that allow you to monitor your daily and weekly usage and make adjustments, such as setting usage limits for social media apps. If you set a time limit, you'll receive a screen notification when your time is up.
You can regain control of your screen time by calculating how much time you spend in front of the screen for reasons other than work or school and replacing any unnecessary usage with non-screen activities such as going for a walk or a hike.
2. Eat Your Meals Away from a Screen
Using your meal breaks to read online news or check social media may be tempting. However, by turning off the screen during these breaks, you will not only give your eyes a break, but you will also likely enjoy your food more.
3. Limit Your Screen Time
One of the great features of the iPhone's Screen Time function is setting time limits for specific apps or groups of apps. If you spend a lot of time scrolling through social media on your phone, this is a great way to limit how far you'll scroll before giving up. When you reach that limit, the social media apps on my home screen become grayed out.
4. Take Breaks and Stretch regularly
If you work in front of a computer screen, take a break and look away at least every 30 minutes.
Stretch and move around as you stand up. Back and neck stretches while sitting can help keep muscles loose.
Learn a few "chair yoga" moves and practice them five minutes every five minutes throughout the day.
While technology is a beautiful tool, it can also be detrimental to your health and make you feel disconnected from those around you. Taking a break from technology gives you more time to be active and spend time with your loved ones. So why not give it a shot?