Managing Screen Time
Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, managing screen time was already a big challenge. Considering the new reality we live in, our screen time has increased greatly. Screen time is essential for us to stay in touch with our loved ones, communicate with our coworkers, as well as utilize different online resources for errands. But after spending increased amounts of time on digital devices, we may begin to feel unpleasant side effects. This brings up an important question; what is the fine line between an acceptable amount of screen time and too much.
While there is no official advice for adults, here are a few tips for when you are feeling the strain of screens.
- When it comes to work, most of us have no choice but to be staring at our laptops or other digital devices for at least a few hours a day. If you find your eyes feeling strained, try and practice the 20:20:20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This is a simple trick to practice if you find your eyes straining while at work.
- It is tempting to use social media apps to look through a variety of pictures and videos to entertain ourselves in moments of boredom. While we live in a heavily digital world, there are some great alternatives to screen time. Believe it or not, we can make small changes in our daily routines to help with screen time overdose.
- Next time you find yourself with some free time, try and put a timer on your phone when looking at these different applications. This way, you have control over how much screen time you are engaging in.
- Need to take a break from work? Why not read a chapter of your favorite book instead? You will find that your eyes can get a rest from your screen all while enjoying something that makes you happy.
- Next time when you sit down for a meal, instead of watching something on your phone, focus on eating your meal! Take the time to really enjoy your meal and be present instead of being distracted.
- Another easy way to cut down on screen time is to restrict yourself from using your phone when you wake up in the morning. Instead, write in your diary, meditate or read the newspaper. It is easy to want to catch up on all of the things you missed while you were asleep. However, being mindful of our time on our phones is crucial.
It is not realistic to completely eliminate screen time; however balancing screen time is vital. With a little discipline and patience, managing your screen time is easy to achieve!