Wherever you are right now, take a look around and notice how many screens are in your environment. Televisions, tablets, phones, computers... How many of them are on right now? It's likely that some of you are reading this on your phone, while your favorite show is playing on your television.
We have all heard that limiting screen time is a good idea. It has become quite difficult to do in recent years- screens have become such a large part of our everyday lives. In fact, many people feel a surge of anxiety at the thought of not having their phones for an extended period of time. All the more reason to set some boundaries around your devices! Here are my top reasons to step away from the screen:
5 Benefits of Reducing Your Screen Time
- You will be more approachable. You may find yourself striking up conversations with a friendly person on the bus or while waiting for a meeting to begin if you don't have your head down looking at your phone.
- You could be more active. This is great for your mind and body. Instead of watching another episode of your favorite show, you'll have time for a walk around your neighborhood. Even a few laps around your office can clear your mind and get the blood pumping- try that instead of scrolling through social media on your lunch break.
- You could procrastinate less. Is there anyone who hasn't spent a little more time than intended on the internet or watching something? If you make a choice to reduce your screen time, a major player in the procrastination game is no longer an option!
- Your mood will improve. According to Dr. Victoria Dunkley, "interacting with screens shifts the nervous system into fight-or-flight mode which leads to dysregulation and disorganization of various biological systems." Taking some time away from your screens can help you feel more emotionally balanced.
- You will sleep better at night. Looking at a screen's blue light upsets your circadian rhythm, making it difficult for you to have a regular, restful sleep pattern. A recent study out of Norway showed that using a device in the hour before bed increased by 13-52% the likelihood of needing an hour or more to actually fall asleep.