We’ve all probably seen an uptick in our screen time over the past several months. Even during the summer, many of our interactions take place electronically. From online meetings and working from home to decreased social activities due to event cancellations and closures.
There is strong evidence to suggest that blue light screens can interfere with sleep and circadian rhythms in both adults and children. Screen time can also reduce person-to-person interaction and limit social skills during development.
Try one or more of these actions each day over the next week and see how you feel:
- Record how much time you spend on your device each day
- Unplug for one period of the day
- Leave your smartphone or tablet out of your bedroom
- Schedule 15 minutes every few hours to take a break from your device and step outside
- Devote 20-30 minutes to read a book without interruption
- Practice deep breathing by counting to 3 while you inhale and counting to 4 while you exhale
“Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.”
– Anais Nin